When: Wednesday, January 22, 2019 – Sunday, January 27, 2019
Where: Panama City, Panama
World Youth Day is a day when the youth and young adults of the Catholic religion come together to celebrate their faith over the span of a few days in a designated host city. During that time, attendees explore the host city, visit different cathedrals, and participate in community service and festive events. The celebration ends with a Papal Mass (mass held by the sitting Pope) on the closing Sunday of the event.
World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 with the hopes to keep young people involved in the church to extend the Catholic faith for generations to come.
Between January 23rd and January 27th of this year, the 16th World Youth Day is being held in Panama City, Panama.
This event is usually held every two to three years with a massive attendance. The last three years brought together around 3 million people each year!
This is an important event for the Catholic Church and an amazing site to see as hundreds of thousand of young people flood the streets of the hosting city to get a chance to hear the Pope speak.
In 2015 Pope Francis had his largest attendance in the Philippines of between 6-7 million people during his closing mass in Manila.
This is a big deal and the chance of a lifetime considering the Pope only travels abroad five to seven times a year.
While there, Pope Francis is expected to consecrate the basilica cathedral of Santa Maria la Antigua, the first mainland cathedral in the America’s after a lengthy restoration.
Along with the wonderful chance to extend a helping hand through community service and seeing the Pope speak, you also get to take advantage of visiting Panama, one of our favorite places in the world!!
We have been to Panama many times and will be a place we always return too. We’re sure you know this already if you’ve read any of our blog post before or follow us on Instagram and see the amount of photo’s we’ve posted from Panama!
There are so many reasons we LOVE Panama!