World Youth Day Panama Day Two

We will be following Father John McGowan’s blog as he takes the message of the Teresian Carmel to the youth of World Youth Day 2019.

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Fr. John McGowan, OCD shares his experiences at World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

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Today was special. When I woke up I could see the Bridge of the Americas was full of traffic streaming into Panama City, from Colombia and beyond.  Sr Elaine and I went out to the central bus station where we crossed the road to enter a huge mall. There we soon met lots of young pilgrims, mainly from South and Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. It was such a joy to meet these young enthusiastic people. We exchanged greetings and asked about each others countries, swopped photos. Sr Elaine and I were struck by their general exuberance. We had fun together. I have a little spanish which helps, but you can communicate even without knowing the language.

After that we travelled on the metro to its furthest point. Nothing much to see except more shopping malls and a Bahai Temple. I was struck yet again…

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