(ANS - Panama City) - "We Are Don Bosco": this is the motto, translated into various languages, that the Salesian Missionary Offices of the whole world launch on the occasion of the WYD of Panama2019 and in view of the Feast of the Saint of Youth scheduled for January 31st. The thousands of pilgrims from the Salesian areas who have gathered these days in Panama are therefore invited to bear witness to their Salesianity by spreading the message: #WeAreDonBosco.
(ANS - Panama City) - In the temple of Mary Help of Christians of the "Don Bosco Technical Institute" of Panama City, the pilgrimage center of the Blessed Sister Maria Romero Meneses (1902-1977), Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was inaugurated. She is one of the patrons of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2019. Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the FMA, cut the ribbon to open the doors of the church to the pilgrims of WYD.
(ANS - Soloy) - An authentic novelty, as part of the World Youth Day: the one represented by the World Meeting of Indigenous Youth, which was also held in Panama, in the village of Soloy, just before the start of the WYD, on January 17-21. "Go back to the culture of the origins. Take charge of your roots, because from the roots comes the strength that makes you grow," said a video message by Pope Francis to the young indigenous participants.
Panama City - January 2019 - The biggest festival of youth comes alive throughout Panama. The Rector Major, representatives of the Salesian Family, Salesian delegations of the world have all arrived. All are waiting for Holy Father Francis, arriving today, Wednesday, January 23rd.
300,000 young people expected at the final event
2,200 young Salesians already registered for the event
Approximately 3,500 Salesian pilgrims expected
190 countries of origin
500 bishops from all over the world
1,000 young indigenous participants in the WYD
40 indigenous peoples represented
Panama City, Panama - January 2019 - In order to encourage young people to follow the life of holiness proposed by Don Bosco, a museum on the life of the Father and Teacher of Youth was inaugurated in the Basilica Don Bosco in Panama as part of the "Valdocco Project" . The ceremony was presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, together with the Salesians participating in WYD2019. "The entire museum has some infographics to encourage young people to achieve holiness," said Maria Montenegro, the architect responsible for the Valdocco Project. The museum is divided into three exhibition rooms, self-guided, with a capacity of 10-15 people per room, for a maximum of 50 visitors. The first room is related to "Don Bosco Yesterday", about his life; the second, "Don Bosco Today", is dedicated to the Salesian world; the third refers to all the Salesian challenges for the future with youth. Finally, there is an interactive room, containing a screen displaying Salesian messages and modules for interacting.