JUST IN: POPE FRANCIS’ APOSTOLIC TRIP TO PANAMA FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY

POPE FRANCIS’ APOSTOLIC TRIP TO PANAMA FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 ROME-PANAMA 09:35 Departure by plane from Rome / Fiumicino to Panama

4.30 pm Arrival at Panama Tocumen International Airport. OFFICIAL WELCOME

16:50 Transfer to the Apostolic Nunciature

Thursday, 24 January 2019 PANAMÁ

09:45 WELCOME CEREMONY at the main entrance of the Presidency of the Republic – Palacio de las Garzas – COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the Presidency of the Republic – Palacio de las Garzas

10:40 MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS and with the REPRESENTATIVES OF Society in the Palacio Bolivar – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Discourse of the Holy Father

11:15 MEETING WITH THE CENTRAL-AMERICAN BISHOPS in the church of S. Francisco de Asis Discourse of the Holy Father

17:30 WELCOMING CEREMONY AND OPENING OF WYD in the Campo Santa Maria la Antigua – Cinta Costera Address of the Holy Father

Friday, January 25, 2019 PANAMÁ

10:30 PENITENTIAL LITURGY WITH THE YOUNG DEPRIVED OF FREEDOM in the Las Garzas de Pacora Child Enforcement Center – Homily of the Holy Father

11:50 am Transfer by helicopter to the Apostolic Nunciature

17:30 VIA CRUCIS WITH THE YOUTH in the Campo Santa Maria la Antigua – Cinta Costera – Address of the Holy Father

Saturday 26 January 2019 PANAMÁ

09.15 am SANTA MESSA with the dedication of the altar of the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua with Priests, Consecrated and Lay Movements Homily of the Holy Father

12:15 Lunch with the youth at the San José Major Seminary

18:30 VIGIL WITH YOUNG PEOPLE in Camp San Juan Pablo II – Metro Park Address of the Holy Father

Sunday, January 27, 2019 PANAMÁ -ROMA

08:00 HOLY MASS for World Youth Day in Campo San Juan Pablo II – Metro Park -Omelia of the Holy Father

10:45 VISIT TO THE HANAR HOUSE OF THE Good Samaritan Address of the Holy Father Angelus of the Holy Father

16:30 MEETING WITH WYD Volunteers in the Rommel Fernandez Stadium Address of the Holy Father

18:00 DISCOUNT CEREMONY at Panama International Airport.

18:15 Departure by plane to Rome

Monday 28 January 2019 ROME 11:50 Arrival at Rome / Ciampino Airport

POPE FRANCIS BACKS VENICE EVENT FOR WORLD’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS – 5-EURO COIN CELEBRATES POPE PAUL VI’S CANONIZATION

In case you’re a linguist and want to practice one of the languages you know, it might just be on vaticannews.va – 34 languages!

POPE FRANCIS BACKS VENICE EVENT FOR WORLD’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

Pope Francis is backing the #RedVenice initiative in Venice, Italy, Tuesday evening (Nov. 20), that aims to draw attention to and raise public opinion on the martyrdom and persecution of Christians in many countries around the world.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice expressing his support for Tuesday evening’s event in Venice called #RedVenice, sponsored by the Patriarchate of Venice, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN ), a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians worldwide, and Venice municipality.

During the #RedVenice event, numerous landmarks of the famous lagoon city, including the waters of the Grand Canal, will be bathed in red light, symbolizing the colour of the blood of persecuted Christians.

“The Holy Father is sending his affectionate greetings to the young people taking part in the diocesan pilgrimage promoted by the Patriarchate of Venice and the Aid to the Church in Need foundation, to sensitize public opinion on the drama of numerous Christians persecuted for their faith,” Cardinal Parolin wrote in the message.

He said the Pope hopes the “provident initiative will arouse due attention on the part of all to the serious problem of discrimination that Christians suffer in many parts of the world”.

(For more: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-redvenice-support-persecuted-christians-asia-bibi.html)

5-EURO COIN CELEBRATES POPE PAUL VI’S CANONIZATION

The Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office (UFN) is celebrating the canonization of Pope Paul VI with, for the first time, the emission of a 5-Euro coin in silver with gold-plated relief. The coin costs 75€. Only 1,500 have been minted.

The UFN has the following offices:

UFN SALES OFFICE SANTA MARTA (inside Vatican City State so Vatican employees and retirees only can enter with ID) – OPENING HOURS: Monday – Friday: 8.00 – 12.00 – Saturday: closed

UFN SALES OFFICE (Mobile post office at left hand colonnade), Saint Peter Square
OPENING HOURS_ Monday – Saturday: 8.30 – 18.30

UFN SALES OFFICE VATICAN MUSEUMS (next to the Philatelic and Numismatic Museum) – Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00

(I have no information as to online sales of the coins. This is the webpage for the UFN: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/servizi/ufficio-filatelico-e-numismatico.html)