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Archbishop of Panama presents shoes and comic to Pope Francis to prepare for WYD


The archbishop of Panama presented Pope Francis with World Youth Day gifts in preparation for the event. Among them was an official poster, shoes painted by a young person and this comic version of the Laudato si' encyclical. 

MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama
“I brought the pope the Laudato si'. I brought him some shoes, and he told me, 'Do I have to wear these during the pilgrimage?'

During an encounter with ambassadors and journalists arranged by MediaTrendsAmerica , the archbishop and organizing committee gave updates on preparations.  

MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA
Archbishop of Panama
“It will be a very ecological World Youth Day. We're even making proposals to the catering companies so that the utensils that we use are eco-friendly. Our dream is that every young person who attends will carry the message of caring for the common house back to his or her community.”

VÍCTOR CHANG GONZÁLEZ
Executive Secretary, Panama 2019
“At this time, we're in the execution phase of the plans we've made, we're sorting out the details of the events, the Holy Father's schedule, issues with the Secretary of State – who will be in the motorcade, security and other logistics.”

Organizers also presented the World Youth Day official poster, designed by Panamanian youth. They know all eyes will be on them during the pope's visit, and they want to be up to the task.

VÍCTOR CHANG GONZÁLEZ
Executive Secretary, Panama 2019
“They expect to see a new World Youth Day, perhaps with that Latin American flavor. We're ready to give them that. I think there are many expectations, Panama is widely unknown, and an event like this one will have a huge impact on our country's image on both the ecclesial and social level.”

At the same time they're finalizing the schedule, they're also preparing for the reception of pilgrims, as 100,000 have already confirmed their attendance. To make things easier, thousands of Panamanians have opened their homes to those who come. 

January is still a few months away, but those who are eager can view the live countdown on World Youth Day's official website.