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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…
January 22, 2019

'Go home and do more for God', Panama prelate says to young pilgrims who share same challenges

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PANAMA CITY – If there was a common denominator, aside from the Christian faith, that united most pilgrims heading to the opening Mass for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, it was that each person, in his or her own…
January 22, 2019

Canadians urged to share World Youth Day joy

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The message to Canadian pilgrims at World Youth Day was clear: Get on social media and share the Good News.
January 22, 2019

Canadian volunteers avoid sticky situation in Panama

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PANAMA CITY – Unexpected challenges are part of the job description when you’re working as a volunteer at World Youth Day Panama, but what Ana Sanchez didn’t expect was that it could also be dangerous.