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World Youth Day officials release pope’s Panama itinerary

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day from January 23 to 27, he will meet with young people unable to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV.
 
He also will dedicate the altar of Panama’s newly renovated 400-year-old cathedral, meet with bishops from Central America and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering, according to the schedule released by the Vatican November 20.
 
The pope’s visit to Panama will be his 26th trip outside of Italy. During his visit, he will deliver seven speeches and celebrate two Masses as well as a penitential liturgy.
 
The theme for World Youth Day 2019 is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
 
The pope’s meeting with young people who will be unable to take part in the activities is a response to the gospel’s call to clothe the naked, visit the sick and comfort the imprisoned, the organising committee said in a November 20 statement.
 
Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama said Pope Francis’ meeting with young detainees would be “a very special event” in which “young people deprived of freedom will take part in a penitential liturgy with the Holy Father in an act of repentance, reconciliation and forgiveness.” 
 
After the closing Mass for World Youth Day, the pope will visit Casa Hogar el Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan Home), a centre dedicated to helping HIV and AIDS patients “regardless of their sex, religion, sexual orientation, geographical origin” and “who lack the resources to live and cope with their illness.”
 
The pope will also pray the Angelus there with young people from the Malambo hospice, which helps people addicted to drugs and alcohol, and from Hogar San Jose, a house for the poor run by the Missionaries of Charity and the Kkottongnae religious congregation.

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