The Vatican on November 21, 2018, released the Holy Father’s schedule for World Youth Day, in January in Panama:
From Rome, Pope Francis will arrive at Panama’s Tocumen International airport. Following an official welcome, he will travel to the Nunciature.
There will be a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace followed by a meeting with state authorities and the diplomatic corps.
Later in the day, the Pope will meet with the Bishops of Central America in the Church of St Francis of Assisi before opening World Youth Day at Cinta Costera.
Pope Francis will visit a youth center where there will be a penance service.
In the afternoon he will attend a Youth Way of the Cross at the Cinta Costera area of Panama City.
The Pope will preside over Mass in the Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua where he will consecrate the altar of the Cathedral which has been newly restored.
Following Mass, Pope Francis will lunch with young people.
Later in the evening, he will participate at a vigil with young people at Metro Park.
On this, the final day of his visit to Panama, the Pope will celebrate the concluding Mass of WYD at Metro Park.
After the Eucharistic celebration, he will visit the house of the Good Samaritan followed by a meeting with WYD volunteers.
Pope Francis will return to Rome that evening following a farewell ceremony at Panama International Airport.