A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for the
2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.
The event will be attended by thousands from around the world in January next year.
Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan, who will be accompanying the New Zealand
pilgrimage to Panama, commented “it’s my first World Youth Day. I’m excited by the renewal Pope Francis is bringing to the Church and I’m confident this pilgrimage of faith to Central America will be full of the joy and sense of mission that radiates from so many of our young people”.
The New Zealand contingent will arrive in Panama and initially be hosted by a local
Panamanian parish community along with contingents from Ireland and Latvia.
In this local community, the groups will experience Panamanian culture, exchange
ideas, participate in faith services, and work together on service projects.
The official WYD events begin on January 22 with the opening Mass.
Participants will hear sessions hosted by bishops from throughout the world, there’ll
be WYD festival events and Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass with up to one million expected to attend.
A website to help track the pilgrimage and which also has further information is at http://worldyouthday.nz/