Panama

28/01/2020
#Panama2019
The Catholic Church in Panama celebrates the first anniversary of World Youth Day

“A year after celebrating this wonderful World Youth Day, we can say that this small seed has grown and is bearing much fruit.” So says José Ulloa Mendieta, Archbisop of Panama, underscording that one ...

07/06/2017
Panama
Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Panama

The Ad Limina Visit of Panama’s Bishops at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life was characterized by an atmosphere of great familiarity. The meeting comes at the time when the Dicastery and ...

08/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

The address of the Holy Father during the Marian prayer Vigil held on occasion of World Youth Day in St. Mary Major Basilica

14/02/2017
WYD 2019

The preparations for the World Youth Day in Panama are quickly advancing. This morning, a delegation of the Local Organizing Committee, led by Msgr. Ulloa, was received by Card. Farrell and several ...

21/07/2017
WYD

During a press conference held in Panama, Msgr. Ulloa, Archbishop of Panama, announced, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, that the main celebrations of World Youth Day 2019 will take place ...

05/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

Even within the enclosed space of the convention center, where people—especially young people—from over one hundred countries around the world have gathered, there has been a surprise: delegates from ...

04/04/2017
Press release

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has organized, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, the Conference "From Krakow to Panama. The Synod on the way with ...

04/07/2017
Panama WYD

The official theme song of the 34th WYD, which will take place in the Central American country from 22 to 27 January 2019, was formally presented in Panama. The song—inspired by the words of the ...

21/03/2017
WYD 2017
Message of His Holyness Pope Francis for the 32nd World Youth Day

Today, 21 March 2017, the Holy Father’s Message to young people has been published. The Message is in preparation for the 32nd World Youth Day in 2017 which will be celebrated at the diocesan level on ...

07/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

“Beauty will save the world” may seem to be a popular slogan or an excessively vast and abstract program: yet, it is a very concrete expression for the Jesuit Father Jean-Paul Hernandez, Swiss of ...

15/05/2017
Panama 2019
Presentation of the logo for the next International WYD, to be held in this centralamerican country

A weekend of events in Panama: a prayer vigil and a day of celebration to welcome the Cross of the WYD and the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani. Cardinal Farrell sends his greetings in a video message ...

13/01/2018
Youth
Just one year until the WYD: Preparations are now lively, with a meeting in Stuttgart

Putting the spotlights on young people is also on the Dicastery’s agenda for 2018. With the aim of reflecting together on “how to plan youth ministry in the Movement, to bring young people closer to ...

12/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama
Conclusion of the meeting on WYD organized in collaboration with the Synod of Bishops

Bittersweet is the word that best describes the Palm Sunday celebration in St. Peter’s Square, on April 9th, when Pope Francis opened Holy Week with the Mass of the Lord’s Passion. This celebration is ...

25/09/2017
Youth
The Panama WYD at the Center of the First Latin American Congress on Pastoral Care of Tourism

“Tourism, Pilgrimage and Sustainable Development” is the theme of the First Latin American Congress on the Pastoral Care of Tourism, which is being held in Panama, at the Auditorium “Benjamin Ayechu” ...

19/12/2017
WYD
A meeting with the organizing committee at the Dicastery. Archbishop Ulloa to young people: “Participate in the preparation of the Day”

“This World Youth Day will be very Marian and Central American.” The Secretary, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello voiced this anticipation at the end of a meeting that took place a few days ago at our Dicastery ...

06/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

The word “Way” connects the path of the World Youth Days—a worldwide pilgrimage that began thirty years ago—with the Synod of Bishops; now, the word Synod means “walking together.” The theme of the ...

20/01/2017

The World Youth Day will be celebrated from 22 to 27 January 2019. This announcement was made by Panama’s Archbishop, Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, during a press conference today in the capital ...

10/07/2018
Youth

Press Office of the Holy See confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Panama to celebrate 34. World Youth Day. His visit is scheduled from January 23rd to 27th, 2019. During the special celebration held ...

04/05/2018
Youth
At the Dicastery, a meeting of the delegation of the World Youth Day organizing committee

“We have an appointment to continue dreaming of a different world: January 2019.” The Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, said this in a video interview with us after the General Audience on 18 ...

06/03/2018
#Synod2018

Dear friends, as Pope Francis has said, “Every young person has something to say to the Church, to the bishops and to the Pope!” That is why three hundred of your contemporaries from around the world ...

08/04/2017
#Krakow2Panama

“We cannot forget the marginalized, those who are excluded”: this is the wish of Pope Francis, also insisted on by H.E. Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama, in his presentation to ...

14/11/2017
WYD 2019
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 ...

18/09/2018
Towards the WYD
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 ...

14/09/2018
Youth

Over four hundred young Cubans will participate in the World Youth Day in Panama (22-27 January 2019). For the Cuban Church, this presence is a record. Thus, for the first time, young people will be ...

23/06/2018
WYD
Prefect Farrell’s video message to the participants at the second international preparatory meeting

“You have worked hard, prepared this moment, this commitment is in the hands of the Holy Spirit, who will show us where to go. I would have liked, I wanted very much to be with you personally during ...

21/09/2018
WYD
The president of the Republic of Panama has signed a Decree which will facilitate the visa application process for WYD 2019 in countries in which Panama does not have a consular representation

According to the procedure presented in the Decree, participants in WYD will be able to apply for a special visa for the upcoming WYD through the website of the National Immigration Service of Panama. ...

13/07/2018
Youth
International version of the WYD Theme Song “May it be done to me according to your word” performed in 5 languages encourages young people from the whole world to pray together the words of Mary

Catholic communities and musicians from different continents worked together to prepare the multilingual version of the WYD 2019 Theme Song. The original Spanish lyrics, written by the Panamanian ...

15/06/2018
WYD

During the first days of the 2nd Preparatory Meeting, members of the WYD Local Organising Committee, leaders of the Catholic Church in Panama and representatives of the highest state authorities ...

14/01/2019
Dicastery

Expectations related to this now imminent event and above all in relation to Pope Francis’ meeting with the young people from all the continents; how the World Youth Day in Panama can be an ...

24/01/2019
Youth
A manual for smartphones available in three languages will be presented in Panama

Is the embryo only a clot of cells?  Are prenatal diagnosis techniques acceptable?  Who can judge the value of life?  Is assisted reproduction the only alternative in the event of ...

10/12/2018
Young People
The proposals of the French dioceses for all those who cannot be at the WYD in January

It’s a long way away. For many, the journey is too expensive. And for students January is a time of school exams. For these reasons, with the intention of allowing young French people to live the ...

26/05/2018
Youth

“May it be done to me according to your word” is the title of the hymn of the Panamanian World Youth Days presented last year. The different versions and linguistic arrangements have now been ...

03/12/2018
Young People

For the past few days, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, Secretary of our Dicastery, was in Panama along with Father João Chagas, Head of the Youth Office, joining in the preparations for World Youth Day to ...

26/11/2018
GMG
Press conference on 13th December at the Dicastery: a theme park to be set up in Panama

On 13 December at 10.30 a.m., our Dicastery will be hosting the official presentation of the new JC GO languages, the APP, developed by the  Fundaciòn Ramòn Pané modelled after Pokémon Go, a ...

25/11/2018
#Panama2019

Registrations – at least 150 thousand only from Latin America – the Pope – who “ is very excited” now the event is getting closer –, Panama – “an open and welcoming city” –, and the encyclical ...

17/01/2019
Young People
Video interview with the Secretary of the Dicastery on the eve of the Panama gathering. Expectations and interrelationship with the Synod on Young People and the next international Forum in June

Just before leaving for Panama, Father Alexandre Awi Mello  answers some questions on the encounter of the young people attending the WYD with the people and the Church of Central America.  ...

09/01/2019
Young People
On the eve of the World Youth Day in Panama (22-27 January) preparations for those travelling and initiatives for those remaining

Fifteen bishops and 900 young people; this is the Italian group attending the Panama meeting that will end with the visit of Pope Francis. However, already on January 16th, five hundred young people ...

20/12/2018
Panama
In a meeting with journalists, Archbishop Ulloa described the situation a month away from the WYD

Pope Francis will bring to Panama a message of “hope” to the young people of Central America, above all “to those who are victims of violence, those who are forced to emigrate, those who have been ...

18/01/2019
JMJ Panama
Ecological Conversion in Action

Helping young people to become aware of the challenges highlighted by Pope Francis in the Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ and find ways to promote a culture for safeguarding Creation are the themes at ...

14/12/2018
#Panama2019
The Dicastery hosted a press conference yesterday in the presence of the Secretary, Father Awi

Another four language versions (Italian, English, French and Portuguese) of  “Follow JC Go!”, the App for mobile phones, were presented yesterday,  – available only in Spanish up to now – ...

21/11/2018
Pope Francis
The Pope’s Video Message in preparation for the WYD to be held in Panama has been released

“There are many young people, believers and non-believers who, when they have finished studying, show a desire to help others, to do something for those who are suffering.  This is the strength ...

31/01/2019
WYD Panama 2019
The last pages of the diary of this extraordinary adventure that this World Youth Day has been

Saturday. “Vigil” is not “the day before, the eve, but in ancient use, the  fact of keeping watch,  of paying attention to everything that is about to happen, the preparation, also ...

24/01/2019
WYD 2019

On the day the Holy Father arrived in Panama, the WYD was in full swing with the activities of the pilgrim groups:   catechesis, meantime, a profitable dialogue among the young people and ...

28/01/2019
WYD 2019

Thursday. The Pope is here, in Panama and the city woke up today knowing the long wait had finished and the time to meet him had actually come. During the catechesis in the morning, you could feel the ...

Thursday. The Pope is here, in Panama and the city woke up today knowing the long wait had finished and the time to meet him had actually come. During the catechesis in the morning, you could feel the ...