Jan 22, 2019

World Youth Day 2019 in Panama City

Panama was announced by Pope Francis as the host city of World Youth Day 2019 which will take place from 22-27 January. Following WYD tradition, the Holy Father revealed his choice at the conclusion of the Final Mass in Krakow, the venue for the last World Youth Day in 2016.

The theme of the 2019 event, which Pope Francis will attend, is “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

The event to be hosted by Panama is expected to be much smaller than previous World Youth Days. Panama is expecting to host about 500,000 pilgrims, significantly fewer than the 2.4 million and 3.7 million pilgrims estimated to have attended WYD Krakow 2016 and Rio 2013, respectively.

The Local Organizing Committee is hard at work planning the many important and interesting events which make up the WYD festivities.

Pope Francis at WYD2019

Pope Francis will participate in the upcoming World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. He will arrive at the event a day after it begins and take part from the 23rd to the 27th of January. This will be the third World Youth Day Pope Francis attends. His first took place in Brazil in 2013, just months after his election to the papacy, followed by Poland in 2016.

Irish at WYD2019

A number of Irish pilgrims will be present at World Youth Day in Panama including Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Down and Connor.  In this video, Bishop Donal McKeown, shares his hopes for young people and the Church and encourages those unable to travel to get involved in events here at home as well as watching the events live from Panama.

Follow WYD online

You can keep up to date online with all the events of World Youth Day by following these websites and social media accounts: and

The official social media accounts for WYD2019 are:

Hashtags for WYD2019

The official hashtag for WYD2019 is #Panama2019. It is likely that an additional hashtag will be adopted for the visit of Pope Francis to World Youth Day. A pope emoji activates when the hashtag #WYD2019 is used!

Shalom World TV has been named by the Archdiocese of Panama to be the Official Media Partner of World Youth Day 2019, giving audiences around the world a chance to participate in the world’s largest spectacular youth event.  The live coverage will include all major WYD events, including those with Pope Francis. It will also feature music bands from various continents performing on several major stages and will cover Faith & Culture exhibits held at more than 15 locations across Panama. Pilgrims from every corner of the globe will participate in catechetical sessions, pilgrimage walks, Stations of the Cross, reconciliation service etc.

Shalom World’s live coverage from Panama will be featured in English and Spanish during January 22 -27, 2019 on Shalom World website ( as well as on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV, Android TV, gaming devices, and Shalom World TV apps on both smartphones & smart TVs.

The Logo for WYD2019

Ambar Calvo, a 20-year old college student at Panamá University, designed the logo for WYD Panamá 2019. Selected from the logo contest convened by Pope Francis, Calvo’s design is rich with Catholic symbolism.

Mary is at the center of the Panamá 2019 logo. The crown of Mary has five points showing the five continents that will send pilgrims to WYD. The Panama Canal stands out in the logo, both representing the host country’s most famous landmark and symbolizing the path of the pilgrim who finds in Mary on the way to meet Jesus. The silhouette of the Panamanian Isthmus is meant to communicate a place of welcome.

The red Pilgrim Cross and the silhouette of the Virgin echo the theme of WYD 2019: “May it be done to me according to your Word”.  The logo’s silhouette has the shape of a heart and the letter ‘M’ to represent Mary as “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe,” reminding us that the Blessed Mother is a bridge that leads us to Christ.

Official Prayer for WYD Panama 2019

We invite you to pray the official prayer for WYD2019 for the intentions of all those who will participate in Panama or here at home:

Merciful Father,

You call us to live our lives as a way of salvation. Help us to recall the past with gratitude, to embrace the present with courage and to build the future with hope.

Lord Jesus, our friend and brother, thank you for looking upon us with love. Let us listen to your voice as it resonates in the hearts of each one with the strength and light of the Holy Spirit.

Grant us the grace of being a Church that goes forth with vibrant faith and a youthful face to communicate the joy of the Gospel. May we help to build up the kind of society we long for, one where there is fairness and fellowship.

We pray for the Pope and the bishops; for young people; for all those who will take part in World Youth Day in Panama and for those who are preparing to welcome them.

Our Lady of Antigua, Patroness of Panama, help us to pray and live with generosity like yours: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).


Official Theme Song for WYD Panama 2019

"May It Be Done To Me According To Your Word"

The official hymn of the 34th World Youth Day 2019 - inspired by characteristic Panamanian rhythms and the official slogan chosen by the Holy Father "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38). This was presented before thousands of youth and adults, both lay and clergy, who attended the ATLAPA Convention Center for the Pan y Vino (Bread and Wine) dinner, the main fundraising event of the San José Major Seminary. 

This worship song, which will be sung and heard in the five continents of the world, was written and composed by Abdiel Jiménez. Jiménez is a catechist and psalmist from the Cristo Resucitado parish in San Miguelito, author of several liturgical pieces, member of various choirs, and graduate from the School of Religious Sciences of La Universidad Católica Santa Maria La Antigua.