Rock-Star Pope world tour and trip to Panama will feature a ‘Woodstock’ of humanistic theology, social goals, human rights and a dialogue on migrants. The ‘Set-List’ does not include anything Christ-like. The young are snatching up their tickets now for a front row VIP seat.
By Philip Pullella. Reuters•January 22, 2019
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis heads to Panama on Wednesday where he is expected to highlight the problems of poverty, immigration and human rights at a gathering of young Catholics.
The Jan. 23-28 trip for the Church’s World Youth Day will be Francis’ first to Central America, a region that has been caught up in a migration crisis as thousands of people try to make their way north to the United States to seek asylum or jobs.
When he visited Mexico in February 2016, Francis criticized then presidential candidate Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico to curb illegal immigration.
“Many of the young people in that region are immigrants … I think we can expect references (to the migration crisis) from the Holy Father,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters.
The border wall is again a hot topic in the United States, which is in the throes of a partial government shutdown as now President Trump is insisting on his demand to fund the barrier as part of any bill to fully reopen the government.
Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek to try to reach the United States.
At that time, Francis denounced “a wave of closure toward the foreigner”.
Many migrants are seeking asylum, saying they suffer from violence and human rights abuses in their native countries. Those topics are also expected to be themes of the trip, papal aides say.
The 82-year-old Francis, now in the sixth year of his papacy, is also scheduled to visit a juvenile prison and a hospice for AIDS sufferers.
World Youth Day, held in a different city about every three years, has been dubbed the “Catholic Woodstock”, a jamboree where young people celebrate their faith and discuss social issues.
About 150,000 have registered for this year’s event, being held in Latin America for only the third time since the late Pope John Paul instituted it in 1985.
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