19,000 young Costa Ricans plan to go to Panama to meet the pope for the XXXIV World Youth Day, from January 22 to 27.
The estimate is that this will mean about 2,000 buses crossing the border, requiring a special plan. Both countries are working together on this to safely facilitate the passage of such a large group. It will be a joint effort.
Also expected are 6,000 foreign visitors from Central America, Europe and Asia. The event will consist of two open-air activities that the pope will preside over, a reception and closing, and a mass.
The religious event, held every three years, was last held in Krakow. It shows off the faith of young Catholics worldwide. It is a festive and cultural event that leaves participants with even greater faith.
Those planning to attend must register as pilgrims on the website panama2019.pa. This will be a highly restricted event only allowing access to those registered in this way. This site also offers logistical information for lodging, food, insurance, transportation and a pilgrim’s kit.