A couple of Polish pilgrims who will attend the World Youth Day (WYD) today staged a dream wedding when they get married in a church in a town in the interior of Panama, surrounded by companions and friends who will accompany them on the tour.
Jakub Meehal Wloeh and Martena Katarzena Gercont made their nuptials at the San Miguel Arcángel Parish, located in the town of Monagrillo, in the central province of Herrera, a church source told to Acan-Efe.
The mass was officiated by the Polish father Marcin Michell Pilar, who gave the blessing to the couple's rings, which arrived in the Central American country last Monday.
Gercont dressed in a long white wedding dress and a bouquet of flowers with details in navy blue trimmed the evening in company with Whoeh, who wore a suit of etiquette.
The celebration was attended by some 300 Polish and members of the Panamanian parish, explained Ignacio Bonilla, coordinator of Voluntariado de la Parroquia de Monagrillo.
He said that during the previous days to the WYD other activities will be carried out with the Polish pilgrims, one of them is a concert at the José Daniel Crespo School and at the Plaza de los Toros in Chitré.
In addition, he mentioned that the pilgrims will visit churches, health centers, schools and beaches in the area until January 20. After that date, they will move to Panama City to start the World Youth Day.
Bonilla said that volunteering helps with the translation in English and Spanish of the young participants.
According to the National Service of Migration (SNM), at the beginning of this week the entrance of 12,000 young pilgrims had been reported, which began to arrive from last Thursday by air, sea and by land.
The archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, said on Monday that the vast majority of pilgrims who have already arrived come from more than 40 countries and that many of them have gone to the Panamanian interior.
The WYD will be held from January 22 to 27 in the Panamanian capital with the presence of Pope Francis, who will arrive on the 23rd, but since Thursday thousands of young people are distributed throughout the country for the previous days before WYD, in the dioceses of the interior Panamanian, to know the local culture and carry out community pastoral activities.