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PANAMA CITY – Just like the Pharisees, many today shun Jesus' merciful love toward sinners and prefer to use labels that stigmatize a person's past, present and future, Pope Francis said.
January 25, 2019

Mosque offers free water to World Youth Day pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY – Thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims stopped by the Jama Mosque Jan. 24 en route to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis.
January 25, 2019

Keep God's love alive, Pope Francis tells WYD pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY — Young men and women in the Church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God's love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.
January 24, 2019

Stay close to people's suffering, Pope Francis tells Central American bishops

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PANAMA CITY, Panama – At World Youth Day Thursday, Pope Francis told the bishops of Central America to be close to the people, and to let their wounds and suffering be the drive behind the bishops’ actions and priorities.
January 24, 2019

Bishops address sex abuse scandal with U.S. pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY – As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day…
January 24, 2019

Bring hope, peace to Central America, Pope tells Panamanian leaders

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PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama's geographical position as a bridge between land and ocean is symbolic of its ability to broker peace and hope in an area marked by violence and conflict, Pope Francis said.
January 24, 2019

Pilgrim’s diary: We’re here, and we’re ready

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PANAMA CITY — I stood on a stage, looking out over a sea of young pilgrims. I had seen such crowds before, but never with such profound diversity. Flags representing countries from all over the world waved under the hot…
January 24, 2019

Young Canadian missionaries offer powerful testimony

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PANAMA CITY — Esther Carmona Wagner’s heart was pounding out of her chest just before she took the stage at Anita Villalaz Theatre on Jan. 23. She even tried to ask for a chair because she was afraid her knees…
January 24, 2019

World Youth Day pilgrims line streets to greet Pope

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PANAMA CITY — Pilgrims lined the streets of Panama City to welcome Pope Francis to World Youth Day and his first papal visit to Central America.
January 23, 2019
January 23, 2019

Marginalized indigenous youth take centre stage at World Youth Day 2019

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PANAMA CITY – One thing is clear about World Youth Day 2019: This one is not focused on convening great masses of people, or the most influential or the loudest. Instead of highlighting the problems faced by youth in the…