WYD Panama 2019 Category

WYD2019, María Fischer • What a fatherly face, the face of a good shepherd, a face of solidarity, Pope Francis’ face as he listened to the testimony of this young boy at the Las Garzas Detention Centre for Minors in Pacora. Pope Francis is with his favorite people, with those in one of the existential peripheries where he urges Christians to go. One of these existential peripheries where Schoenstatters from various countries go are pastoral ministries to prisons, like the “Visitation of Mary” prison ministry, and the Casa Madre deRead More
WYD2019, Maria Fischer and Fr. Jorge Andrés Rubido, with material from the Holy See Press Office and ACIprensa• “Pope Francis visited the Cuban youth,” commented Fr. Jorge Andrés Rubio. The Pope fulfilled his promise. On Friday, 25 January, the approximately 450 who pilgrims travelled from Cuba to participate in the World Youth Day (WYD) were surprised by Pope Francis, who visited them at the college were they were staying, to greet them and invite them to “have the joy of pilgrims” when they return home.— The Cuban youth were inRead More
WYD PANAMA, Pope Francis’ messages 24.01.2019, María Fischer• “I just heard the Pope’s words to the bishops in Central America. These are words for us to reread, pray, and discover the message in order to bring it to life. Not only for the religious but also for lay people who play any pastoral role,” commented Ana María Ghiggi from the Schoenstatt.org team after the live transmission of Pope Francis’ meeting on 24 January. We share the messages here so that we can read, pray, and discover and bring Pope Francis’Read More
WYD2019, Maria Fischer • Hours before the Pope’s arrival, a large delegation of Cuban youths was already waiting near the Nunciature. They had a picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt with them; the Costa Rican Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign gifted it to them. Like them on January 23rd, thousands of young people and Panamanian citizens filled the streets to greet Pope Francis arriving at the first World Youth Day in Central America, the first World Youth Day with a Marian motto. — Pope Francis arrived at the Tocumen InternationalRead More
WYD2019, Maria Fischer • A church filled with young people wearing t-shirts from the international Schoenstatt Youth meetings in Costa Rica, several Pilgrim Mother images in front of the altar, Schoenstatt songs concluding with the belting out of the Franz Reinisch hymn, entrusting themselves to the Blessed Mother with the small consecration prayer recited by hundreds of people, more than 20 Schoenstatt priests from the altar, talks in four languages – a very, very warm welcome for the “owner of the house,” Fr. Rómulo Aguilar, to whom Fr. Esteban UriburuRead More
WYD PANAMÁ, Maria Fischer • “We thank God for hosting the first World Youth Day where Mary – “the star of evangelization” – has been proposed to you as a model of courage and courage, who was available to fulfill God’s plan , for the one who had chosen her and whose response is the motto of this WYD: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.” During the opening Mass of the World Youth Day (WYD) Panama 2019, the local Archbishop,Read More
WYD2019 PANAMA, Maria Fischer Upon landing and arriving in Panama from San Jose, Costa Rica, a gigantic poster up in the airport read: “Pope Francis, all of Panama joyfully welcomes you.”  WYD is felt, heard, and experienced in this small Central American country filling up with pilgrims from throughout the world to celebrate this encounter of God’s young people with the Pope. — Indeed WYD was already being felt at the San Jose airport – with a large group from Guatemala, others from Canada, Colombia, Brazil, and Germany. While theyRead More
WYD2019/POPE FRANCIS, via ACIprensa • On Tuesday 22 January, Pope Francis visited St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome to entrust his visit to Panama, which will begin on 23 January, to attend the World Youth Day.— The director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, wrote on his Twitter account that the Holy Father prayed briefly before the Salus Populi Romani (Protector of the Roman People) image for the fruits of his journey. “On the eve of his journey to #Panama for World Youth Day, the Holy Father wentRead More
WYD2019 COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • 19 minutes and 14 seconds of covenant life that should lead us to be instruments in the Blessed Mother’s hands — was the gift from Fr. Alexander Awi de Mello, secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, who along with the Diocese of Panama is in charge of the organization for World Youth Day in Panama beginning in a few days. A gift presented during the Covenant Mass on January 18th in the Costa Rica Shrine. — The Covenant of Love andRead More
WYD2019 COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • The last day of the Hinéni gathering, January 19th, was dedicated to Fr. Kentenich and his decision on 20 January 1942, when he rejected asking for a second medical examination to avoid being sent to Dachau concentration camp. The family of Catalina Cabezas and Ricardo Hutt offered their estate on a mountain near San José for this day –a green paradise full of flowers, trees, turkeys, parrots, geese, with a wayside shrine for the Blessed Mother, a chapel, a large, wooden unity cross, andRead More