I wanted to come on this pilgrimage because I believe that there is a transformation to come.
Balancing the role of pilgrim and reporter at my first World Youth Day in Panama was a challenge met with miles of walking, talking and being present in the moment. For so many of the pilgrims who shared their story with me, they hoped for transformation and change within their own spiritual lives. Living their faith out loud in their daily lives have been met with opposition and judgment at times.
The Tablet asks students from around the Diocese of Brooklyn a question for the opinion section of the Youth page. This week: World Youth Day Pilgrims
As was widely expected, Lisbon, Portugal has been selected to host the next World Youth Day, which is slated to take place in July 2022.
The Tablet asks students from around the Diocese of Brooklyn a question for the opinion section of the Youth page. This week: World Youth Day Panama pilgrims.
While World Youth Day is known for bringing together young Catholics from around the globe, later this month it will also prove to be an interreligious affair when a local Jewish synagogue in Panama plays host to Catholic pilgrims during what is widely considered to be the Church’s most important event for young people.
“People are opening their homes to house young people. We were surprised by how the people responded to the appeal for housing. We want all the kids to have a place, a space, a home,” Father Aguilar said.
The countdown has begun. It’s officially three months until millions of Catholics from around the world will meet in Panama for 16th international World Youth Day, Jan. 22-27.
When more than 100,000 young people gather with Pope Francis in Panama this January for World Youth Day, on prominent display will be two symbols that visited the Archdiocese of Chicago, Ill., Aug. 20. It was the first time these symbols visited Chicago. Much like the Olympic torch, the symbols make a pilgrimage to various countries leading up to World Youth Day.
Father Patrick Dorelus, 41, was born to a devout Catholic family in Haiti.