The "popemobile" that will transport Pope Francis during his participation in the World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Panama from January 22 to 27, will be presented officially next Sunday, informed the organizing committee of the religious event.
The vehicle, which is a model "pick-up" (truck) and has a swivel chair where the pontiff will sit, was designed by the local company Distribuidora David and will be unveiled this Sunday in an act on the promenade of the Panamanian capital.
The Pope, who will arrive in Panama on January 23, will also use a "papamobile" made in Colombia that arrived in Panama last week and was used by the pontiff during his visit to that country last year.
WYD, which last edition was held in Krakow (Poland), is one of the most important events of the Catholic Church, which every three years brings together thousands of young people from all over the world with the pope.
Francis’ visit has generated immense interest not only in Panama but throughout Central America, since the last, and only, pontiff who traveled to the region was John Paul II in 1983.
The Panamanian Episcopal Conference reported in November that there are already 226,000 pilgrims registered and about 5,000 journalists accredited.
The Panamanian government estimates that WYD will generate $ 250 million in revenue and, although it has not officially reported costs, different local media suggest that the event will demand at least $ 47 million.