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

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 Panama sun. Despite the heat, there was a great sense of excitement and great expectation.

  • January 24, 2019

Young Canadian missionaries offer powerful testimony

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 would buckle when she went on.
  • January 24, 2019

World Youth Day pilgrims line streets to greet Pope

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 24, 2019

Jean Ko Din in Panama: Technical difficulties

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong today.
  • January 23, 2019

Marginalized indigenous youth take centre stage at World Youth Day 2019

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 world's richest or most populous countries, one of its first events focused on the plight of populations most of the world rarely sees or comes across: the indigenous.
  • January 23, 2019

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

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 way, faced a challenge back home.
  • January 22, 2019