Panama City (Central America). The World Youth Day in Panama will take place from 22nd to 27th January 2019.
The Holy Father wanted the young people to be accompanied by the Virgin Mary on this spiritual pilgrimage. Follow the path of the Virgin Mary, from fear to discernment; from the discovery of being ‘precious’ in the eyes of God, to the courage to say ‘yes’ and to fulfill the gift of self towards the Church and the world in a ‘love full of daring’, as ‘courageous’ people.
Pope Francis offers young people all over the world a theological vision of their existence. Francis reminds them that “we have chosen to be accompanied on this journey by the example and intercession of Mary, the young woman of Nazareth whom God chose as the Mother of His Son. She walks with us in this Synod and towards the WYD in Panama: in fact, I have at heart that you young people can walk, not only by remembering the past, but also by having courage in the present, and hope for the future“(Message WYD 2017) .
The FMA and the SDB Youth Ministry Departments, with the leaders of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Central America, continue the work of organizing the feast of all those who share the Salesian charism. During WYD, a special time of celebration for the young people of SYM is planned, as usual. The aim of the event is that the young people of SYM throughout the world will have a time of profound encounter, in which they are offered a family experience, to strengthen youth protagonism and give them the opportunity to know the charismatic richness of Salesians in the world. There will be hundreds of young people who will participate in this great world event, together with the Rector Major of the Salesians and the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, who will offer messages to the participants, so that each young person can live an experience of grace and may question themselves on their life.
The atmosphere of this encounter is precisely that of a feast, of joy, and of sharing. Language barriers do not exist because we all speak the same language, the Salesian language.