18 September 2018
Towards the WYD

The Archbishop of Panama: Young people will strengthen to the whole Central American Church

A few months before the World Youth Day, Archbishop Ulloa shares his expectations regarding the meeting young people from around the world

In Panama the preparations for the next World Youth Day are strongly advancing, accompanied by prayers for the young people from around the world who will meet Pope Francis and the Central American Church. In the past few days, the Archbishop of Panama, Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, and the executive secretary of the local organizing committee, Victor Chang González, were on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, praying for the good continuation of the final stage of the preparations.

Immediately after their arrival in Rome, they were received by the Holy Father and, together with the other members of the local organizing committee, participated in a series of meetings focused on the spiritual and logistic aspects of the upcoming WYD.

Visiting our Dicastery, Msgr. Ulloa shared his expectations regarding the meeting with the world’s youth: “In Panama, we expect to enrich ourselves on the Church’s journey and hope that the pilgrims will help us to continue dreaming that a new world is possible. The young will strengthen the whole Central American Church so that She may embrace, with Mary, the mission to which the Lord is calling us,” said the Committee’s president.

The 34th World Youth Day will be celebrated in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019 on the theme: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).