The Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, announced today that his Guatemalan counterpart, Jimmy Morales, will attend the World Youth Day (WYD), to be celebrated in Panama next year.
Varela posted on his Twitter account that in a meeting with president Jimmy Morales from Guatemala “he RSVP his assistance to the World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in January 2019.”
The meeting between both leaders took place today during the 52nd Central American Integration System (SICA) held in Belize.
Last weekend, the Panamanian leader said that the presidents of Colombia and Portugal, Iván Duque and Macerlo Rebelo de Sousa, will also attend the World Youth Day.
Panama will host the WYD, from January 22nd to the 27th, 2019; one of the most important events of the Catholic Church, which every gathers three years thousands of young people from around the world with Pope Francis.
The Pope’s visit, who will land in Panama on January 23, has awaken interest not only in this country but throughout Central America, since the last pontiff who traveled to the region was John Paul II in 1983.
Pope Francis’ schedule includes mass mases and meetings with the Panamanian Government and the Central American Bishopric, as well as visits to a youth detention center and a social shelter run by the Church.
The Panamanian Episcopal Conference reported last November that 226,000 pilgrims have already registered and about 5,000 journalists have been accredited.