Filipinos set to attend World Youth Day

Young Filipinos register to travel to Central America this month for the event in Panama
Filipinos set to attend World Youth Day

Young Filipino Catholics attend the opening ceremonies of the Philippine observance of the Year of the Youth in the Diocese of Balanga in December. (Photo by Roy Lagarde)

 

At least 70 young Filipinos, including some priests and bishops, are set to attend this year's World Youth Day celebrations in Panama from Jan. 22 to 27.

However, many more are expected to register before the big event begins in the Central American country later this month.

Father Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the bishops' conference, said at least 70 youth pilgrims have registered for the event.

"There are still other groups that have yet to send the names of their delegates," he said.

He estimated that there would be at least 250 Filipino delegates attending the international gathering.

This year, World Youth Day coincides with the Year of the Youth in the Philippines.

The special year was declared by the country's bishops' conference as part of preparations to mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 1521.

St. Pope John Paul II, who was from Poland, established World Youth Day in 1985. 

The first event was held in Rome in 1986. Since then it has been staged in various cities throughout the world, typically every three years.

Among the Filipino church leaders who will be attending the international gathering this year are Bishops Daniel Patrick Parcon of Talibon, Patrick Buzon of Bacolod,  Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.

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