Dear all.

Pope Francis has designated Panama as the site of the 2019 World Youth Day. The Pope comes to visit us, but he does not come alone. This festival of youth, initiated by the beloved Pope St. John Paul II, gathers young people from all over the world, and we will be the hosts, with them we will share the Word and the same Encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, we will celebrate our faith, we will share our longings and hopes, as well as the pain and the realities in which we live, where war, indifference, selfishness, exclusion and injustice steal happiness. It is summoning us to renew our desire for a world as Jesus thought where we all feel brothers.

2019 is near, and there are many things that need to be prepared, let us do our part, so that all who visit us can discover our church, our culture and traditions, our joy, and take a bit of us in their hearts. I invite you all to get down to work, and raising your hands to God, let us pray for WYD Panama 2019.

To all those who think about coming, we already tell you that we are waiting for you. Our house will be your house. Our diocese on the shores of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, full of sun and the joy of our people, gives them the fraternal welcome of a beautiful land.

May the Lord bless you, and our Mother Mary guides you always. A hug to everyone.

Bishop Manuel Ochogavía B. Osa

Bishop of Columbus - Kuna Yala