The Archdiocese of Panama, through the local organizing committee of the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD), is pleased to announce that the “Cinta Costera 1” will be the official venue for the Main Events of the WYD 2019, which will be held in Panama from January 22 to 27 2019. After consulting with Episcopal Conferences from around world, the consensus is that the “Cinta Costera 1” is the option that best fits the dimensions of previous WYD venues. In addition, the “Cinta Costera 1” has also been evaluated by the Vatican Gendarmerie specialists, who consider that the site is appropriate to guarantee the security of His Holiness and complies with the simplicity and requirements requested by Pope Francis. The main aspects that were considered for the decision in the preliminary analysis were: capacity to accommodate the pilgrims during the main events; appropriate number of access points; emergency management; and resident management. This evaluation has also been carried out under the guidance of a team of specialists and companies that are voluntarily and anonymously offering their services in order to guarantee a better analysis and appropriate selection of the official venue.
In this video Leeanne Grima from the Archdiocese of Melbourne envisions what World Youth Day will look like in Panama after a Familiarisation pilgrimage run by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference.
In less than a year, Pope Francis will once again board a plane bound for Latin America for World Youth Day in Panama.
José Domingo Ulloa is one of the main organizers of an event that will join thousands of young people from around the world. Ulloa assures it will be different from previous editions.
MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama“First of all, it will be an edition that speaks the language of young people, a technological one; one that will present Mary as the model the youth need. It will also be ecological, we can say it will be good for implementing the great gift the pope gave humanity in Laudato si’. We also want to present the path of the Latin American Church, a church of martyrs whose highest exponent is Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero.”
World Youth Day will be celebrated from January 22 to 27 in 2019. In preparation, a special initiative has been launched in Poland.
MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama“Thanks to a beautiful initiative by Polish youth, we are uniting in prayer on the 22nd of each month in remembrance of St. John Paul II, who loved the youth so much. We want this initiative to spread throughout the world.”
In mid-February, registration for World Youth Day will open. Although the agenda hasn’t been finalized, Pope Francis will likely participate in ceremonies beginning on January 24.