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Father Sylvester Kwiatkowski from the St. John Baptist Catholic Church, in Sacramento California, United States, recently came to Panama to see how the World Youth Day (WYD) is being organized in the country. The priest has a congregation of 4,000 families, with around 10,000 parishioners.
Father Kwiatkowski came to the country to familiarize himself with what Panama has to offer with regards to culture, tourist sites and accommodation. The idea is to promote the WYD in his parish, so more young people will come to this event which will take place from January 22 to 27, 2019 in Panama, and whose main focus is religious faith and youth. This is the first time that it has taken place in Central America.
The Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) together with the Catholic Church have organized trips for priests and youth leaders from different parts of the world, in order to promote this event which will bring thousands of young people from all over the globe.
Father Kwiatkowski said that Panamanian people were very friendly and he was fascinated by the history, culture and the flora and fauna of the country.
Two other priests from the St. John Baptist Catholic Church are expected to visit Panama over the next few months in preparation for the WYD.
World Youth Day began in 1984 at the close of the Holy Year of Redemption. Over 300,000 young people from around the world responded to the invitation of His Holiness John Paul II for an International Jubilee of youth on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s square.
More info on the World Youth Day on their website Link