Panama City, Panama. Student David Martínez Gómez, CMF, one of the young Claretians who participated in the World Indigenous Youth Gathering in Panama last 17 to 21, 2019 in Soloy, Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle, talks to us about his experience and insights after being part of this great event that Pope Francis always mentioned in his messages to the youth participants of the 34th World Youth Day held in the said city. The theme of the gathering was “We assume the memory of our past to build the future with courage”
After the Pope Francis’ announcement of Panama as the site of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2019 during the Closing Mass of the WYD 2016 in Krakow, among the various proposals raised was to involve the indigenous youth in this event and show the “indigenous face” of the Church, emerged the idea to have, for the first time, a pre-meeting specifically aimed at young indigenous peoples coming from around the world. The proposal took strength in a regional meeting of indigenous pastoral in Chiapas, Mexico, October 2016. After a series of meetings, and with the blessing of the Panamanian Episcopal Conference, it was decided to hold the meeting during the Days in the Diocese in the community of Soloy.
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