WYD Panama 2019 Category

WYD 2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • There were three, four Masses in the “Family of Hope” Shrine during these days prior to the International Gathering of Schoenstatt Youth on the way to WYD in Panama. Team Masses, usual family Masses, Masses of recently arrived delegations or of those who have already spent some time here – but this Mass at 5:30 am, on January 15th had something special, when the celebrant, Fr. Jorge Andrés of Federation Priests, placed the Cuban flag on the “Family of Hope Shrine” altar inRead More
WYD 2019, WYD Press Office/Maria Fischer • A group of four incarcerated youths, ages of 17-25, have made a crozier to present to the Pope as a gift in honor of his visit that he will make to the Pacora Custodial Facility for Adolescents on Friday, January 25th.— The boys were able to make this piece thanks to the skills they acquired in one of the programs of re-socialization carried out in this center. Pope Francis will visit the center for adolescents to celebrate a penitential liturgy and to theRead More
WYD2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • “You will see many young people when you leave the shrine,” commented Fr. José Luis Correa at the end of the Family Mass, at noon on January 17, 2019 at the Costa Rica shrine. In attendance are a family from Londrina who accompanied their son to the IGNIS meeting of the Boys’ Youth, a woman from Paraguay who is accompanying her daughter and a group of youth, men and women from the Movement in Costa Rica who worked hard right up to the lastRead More
WYD2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • 25 chalices for the hosts, but they are actually trophies that have been transformed into something sacred by skillful hands. 300 Sandwiches. I don’t know how many cups of coffee, tea, juice, and I have lost count of the bowls of salad. Thousands of calls to airports, tourism agencies, buses, Uber.Hundreds of moments of listening, laughing, praying, cleaning bathrooms and tables. The Costa Rican family surpassed themselvees in welcoming the young people who have come to the shrine. And they were still arriving onRead More
WYD2019, Costa Rica, María Fischer • 8:00 pm, on 14 January 2019, in Costa Rica’s shrine along with many members of the Costa Rican Schoenstatt Family, the preparation teams for the international gatherings of Schoenstatt Youth, IGNIS and Hinéni, and their advisers celebrated Mass in the shrine. In addition, they presented to the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt— the last preparation details— the gatherings, and the youths that will participate. The gatherings began on Thursday, the 17th and ended with the sending forth from the shrine Mass, on Sunday, JanuaryRead More
WYD 2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • “We are always here to welcome the young people…” Cata Cabezas related. And they are— they were there greeting them, welcoming them, feeding them, giving them something to drink, preparing the shrine for their Mass, and providing them lodging in their homes (“Eight Brazilians in my sister, Daniela’s home, isn’t that great?”) They took them to sightsee and enjoy the local places of interest …and were there simply to be present to converse, share stories, inspire each other mutually with the real lifeRead More
THE POPE VIDEO, editorial team with material from ACIprensa On 8 January, the Holy See published the video with Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for January 2019, dedicated to the “evangelization of the youth and to work for peace.” As usual, this video can be found on Schoenstatt.org (bottom of the page) and we invite you to share it. In the video the Holy Father tells that “young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration” and invites the youth of the world toRead More
WYD 2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • On that sunny morning filled with people hurrying serenely to get everything ready for the arrival of 600 young people to the Family of Hope Shrine in Santa Ana, San José, the “pure life” of joy, anticipation, and commitment is felt. Some young volunteers have already been here for a few weeks and several couples are preparing the house to welcome the young people to come. At the same time, the place is filled with the usual participants of two Sunday Masses: OneRead More
WYD 2019 Panamá, press office• The Panamanians now have the official Popemobile to be used by Pope Francis during his apostolic visit, for World Youth Day Panama 2019. —   Thanks to the contribution of two businesses: Distribuidora David, who donated the vehicle, and Tri-Star Centroamérica was in charge of its design and the manufacture, Panamanian hands completed the Popemobile’s assembly. It’s an automatic transmission dual-cab Ford Ranger XLT with all the specifications the Vatican requested to ensure the Supreme Pontiff’s security and comfort. The Popemobile has an escalator, aRead More
WYD 2019/COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez y María Fischer • They got off the plane and went straight to Mass in the Shrine: On January 4 about 50 young people from Switzerland arrived at the “Family of Hope” Shrine in San José, Costa Rica, and were welcomed by the youth and the entire Costa Rican Schoenstatt family, with the characteristic joy and hospitality that hundreds of young people will experience in the coming days.— For a whole month, from 4 January to 5 February, about 100 German-speaking young people from SwitzerlandRead More