Panama (Saturday, January 19, 2019, Gaudium Press) Nearly 3,500 pilgrims from Poland, including around 120 volunteers, will travel to Panama to take part in World Youth Day (WYD) which will take place over January 22-27, 2019, WYD officials told PAP. Some will reach Panama by sea, on Polish yachts.
“This is the largest group of pilgrims from Europe,” WYD wrote in the communique. According to WYD, the most-represented diocese is the Archdiocese of Kraków (about 700 people).
About 1,000 pilgrims will fly to Panama by direct charter flights from Warsaw, others will arrive on regular flights. The tall ship “Dar M?odzie?y” “The Gift of Youth”, as well as the yacht “Dunajec”, will also dock at Panama as part of the “Independence Cruise”. The tall ship, sailing around the world with a rotating crew, has already made it to the coast of neighbouring Mexico.
The theme for the 34th World Youth Day, 2019, as chosen by Pope Francis is: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, WYD is an event for young people organised by the Catholic Church once every 2-3 years. The last WYD event took place in Kraków in southern Poland in July 2016.
source: Poland IN