14 November 2017
The WYD Cross and Icon Stop Over in Haiti
Panama continues organizing the event and expects the arrival of over 20,000 volunteers
The WYD cross and the icon of Mary “Salus Populi Romani” continue their pilgrimage through the countries of Central America and, after visiting Mexico and Cuba—where meetings and celebrations were held until 9 November—, they have now arrived in Haiti. The country is one of the most densely populated in the world, where over 80% of the population is Catholic. The symbols of World Youth Day will visit different dioceses, starting in Port-au-Prince and then going on to Cap-Haïtien, Les Gonaïves, and Fort-Liberté. They will remain in the Caribbean country until 22 November (in the picture: the arrival of the cross and the icon in Haiti – Foto TVN Noticias).
Meanwhile, Panama continues the preparations to receive the young pilgrims from around the world. Much of this work is being done by an overwhelming number of volunteers. They are the “workforce,” the arms of the organization, who work free of charge so that the event may be a success. In addition to young Panamanian volunteers, there are also people from neighboring countries and even also from other continents. A total of 25,000 volunteers are expected, including 5,000 from abroad. A local television station, which has opened a special channel for the event, gives information about what is being done under the guidance of the Local Organizing Committee.