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Panama opens its doors to young people

VATICAN (CNS): As World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama draws near, organisers said they are prepared to make young people from around the globe feel right at home.
 
While warm temperatures will greet thousands of young people in Panama, Father Romero Aguilar, WYD general coordinator, said he hopes that the warmth of hospitality also will make them feel welcome.
 

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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.
 

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Take up World Youth Day challenge pope urges young people

VATICAN (CNS): “Do not allow the spark of youth to be extinguished in the darkness of a closed room in which the only window to the outside world is a computer and smartphone,” the pope told young people in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. Many dioceses will have their own celebrations on Palm Sunday, March 25.
 
The pope encouraged them to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display.
 

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Young, English-speaking and World Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): Dozens of young people from across the diocese joined an event sponsored by the Diocesan English Youth on April 9, Palm Sunday, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to begin the celebration of the 32nd World Youth Day, which is scheduled to be held in Panama in 2019.

During World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, last year, Pope Francis announced that the three-year lead-up to the event in Panama would be a journey with Mother Mary and that each year, young people would be invited to reflect on a theme.

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A synod journeying with the young from Krakow to Panama