The itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Panama to attend World Youth Day celebrations, has been released. He will travel to the country from the 23-27 January 2019.
Wednesday 23th January 2019
From Rome, Pope Francis will arrive at Panama’s Tocumen International airport. Following an official welcome, he will travel to the Nunciature.
Thursday 24th January 2019
There will be a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace followed by a meeting with state authorities and the diplomatic corps. Later in the day, the Pope will meet with the Bishops of Central America in the Church of St Francis of Assisi before opening World Youth Day at Cinta Costera.
Friday 25th January 2019
Pope Francis will visit a youth centre where there will be a penance service. In the afternoon he will attend a Youth Way of the Cross at the Cinta Costera area of Panama City.
Saturday 26th January 2019
The Pope will preside over Mass in the Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua where he will consecrate the alter of the Cathedral which has been newly restored. Following Mass, Pope Francis will lunch with young people. Later in the evening he will participate at a vigil with young people at Metro Park.
Sunday 27th January 2019
On this, the final day of his visit to Panama, the Pope will celebrate the concluding Mass of WYD at Metro Park. After the Eucharistic celebration, he will visit the house of the Good Samaritan followed by a meeting with WYD volunteers.
Pope Francis will return to Rome that evening following a farewell ceremony at Panama International Airport.2