- Aug 4, 2021
Speaking to the bishops of Central America in Panama on Thursday, Pope Francis lifted up St. Oscar Romero as a model bishop.
In his opening act in Panama, history’s first Latin American pope once again extolled the region as a “Great Fatherland.”
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.
Pope Francis has arrived in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him.
Border Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas says he believes World Youth Day is the antidote to nationalism.
The Fiat Festival for English language pilgrims considered practical questions of holiness to put into practice once World Youth Day pilgrims return home.
Pope Francis is looking to leave the sex abuse scandal buffeting his papacy behind as he heads to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north.
Panamanian Archbishop Jose Ulloa Mendieta celebrated the opening Mass in Panama City’s Campo Santa Maria la Antigua.