In January 2019, Panama hosts the World Youth Day with the presence of the Holy Father. The World Youth Day (WYD) is an encounter of young people from around the world usually celebrated every three years. The event allows young people to experience the universality of the Church and in sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.
The central theme of this event in Panama will be: “I am the servant of the Lord”, bringing to it a Marian dimension. The World Apostolate of Fatima is planning to participate and use this opportunity to share the message of Fatima with thousands of young people. The first Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enthroned in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Fatima-Portugal, will travel to Panamá to be present at this event, from 22 to 27th January.
There is going to be a pre-journey for all youngsters from the 16th to the 21st January 2019. This will include also a special retreat day on the Message of Fatima organised by the WAF in Panama and a Marian Festival. This week, several cultural and evangelical activities will be held in the community where pilgrims will be accommodated.
The other days, from the 22nd to 27th, there will be various other activities, such as: Opening Mass, reception of the Holy Father, Via crucis, Feast of Forgiveness, Vocation Fair, Concerts, Catechesis, Cultural Activities And the Vigil with the Mass of Sending presided over by the Pope.