The 34th World Youth Day has just begun in Panama. The brothers attending give us their first impressions of the event.
The opening Mass was presided over by the Archbishop of Panama City, Msgr José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta. The Archbishop preached movingly, evoking the fact that all young people should be able to achieve their dreams, whatever their race, sex or socio-economic standing. He also expressed his thanks that Panama City made every effort to welcome the young, putting their whole heart into the event.
The brothers and young people of their group were able to participate in the Way of the Cross with the Pope. Numerous American countries were able to prayerfully express their faith in God through the hands of the Virgin Mary, whilst confiding to her the sufferings of many nations.
The young people and brothers accompanying them are getting ready to leave for a time of prayer. The sun is not up yet and everyone is expecting a beautiful sunny day, humidity and faith-filled activity. From the Isthmus of Panama, they pray for all whom they know and who are confided to them.