Every 2-3 years, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates World Youth Day. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 after two successful international gatherings with young people in Rome in 1984 and 1985. The concept is around youth as a time of journey and pilgrimage, and the value of young people. The age targeted is 16 to 35.
The last one was July 25-31, 2016, in Krakow, Poland, and 2.5-3 million attend the final Mass.
This year it is being held in Panama from 23-28 January.
Those of us not actually on pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama can be on our inner pilgrimage and hold those and each other in prayer.
The hashtags are #Panama2019, #FranciscoEnPanama #JMJestáAqui #WYDisHere. Also check @cnalive on Twitter and @catholicnewsagency on Instagram for updates from Panama City; also see FOCUS’ YouTube channel.
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