WYD 2019 to show ‘better image’ of Panama

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Panama will host the next World Youth Day (WYD) in 2019. (Photo: Ana Perucho)

WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 2, 2016 – With Panama hosting the World Youth Day (WYD) 2019, a Panamian delegate attending WYD Krakow talked about how they hope the coming of the biggest Catholic youth event to their country will give the world a better impression of the country that links Central and South America.

“Panamian are very happy because it is a good opportunity for World Youth Day to give a different image about Panama. Currently in the eyes of the world, the country Panama is about ‘Panama Papers’, the leak about the ‘dirty money’,” said Jayguer Vasquez of Archdiocese of Panama.

The so-called Panama Papers include approximately 11.5 million leaked documents of financial and confidential attorney-client information – more than the combined total of the Wikileaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks.

Covering data from the 1970s to 2016, the private information of some 214,488 offshore entities were leaked in the form of e-mails, pdf files, photo files, and database excerpts

For Vasquez, WYD will be a good opportunity for Panama to show they are “a happy Catholic Church.”

He expressed the special hope that the everybody in the world will be able to see and experience the Latin American Church. “It’s a bit different. It is happy you know,” he said. “There are a lot of young Catholics.”

When asked about which aspect the country has to prepare for the most in anticipation of WYD, he said Panama has to work on its infrastructure more in the next three years.
85.38% of Panamians or 1,799,000 are Catholics. Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, was in Krakow, Poland on the last day of WYD Krakow in Campus Misericordiae. (Shirley Paynor/CBCPNews)

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