Popemobile designed by Panamanians will be used for the World Youth Day

By Elida Moreno

Hundreds of Panamanians and foreigners witnessed on Sunday the unveiling of the popemobile which will carry the most hierarch of the Catholic Church, during his visit to Panama in the framework of the World Youth Day (JMJ) which will take place in the Central American country 22 al 27 of January of 2019.

The public presentation of the car designed by young Panamanians, to mobilize the Pope Francisco, It took place in front of the Bay of Panama City on the Pacific, on a busy pedestrian and tourist strip that also host of the meetings where they will participate pilgrims about 150 countries.

It was a holiday, dozens of young people held dances and presentations of Christian music under the intense summer sun, while others waved flags distinctive WYD, and countries like Panama, Mexico, Argentina, and Costa Rica to celebrate the unveiling of the popemobile, in which no shortage of fireworks.

The ceremony, which took place just days of World Youth Meeting, It was presided over by the Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, and President, Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela highlighted the support of private enterprise to the success of World Youth Day by donating two cars, including the popemobile, in which the pontiff will be mobilized during their stay in Panama, Highlighting the importance of the meeting that surpasses its judgment, religious beliefs, because it is an opportunity to bring together young people from around the world with the Pope Francisco.

The popemobile is a Ford Ranger XLT pickup truck donated by the Panamanian company, Distribuidora David, It is consisting of a double cabin, and automatic transmission, with all the specifications requested by the Vatican for the Pope's safety and comfort Francisco.

The car has an escalator, swivel chair 360 degrees, railings for better support and sustainability of the Pope while standing, and a window in the rear of the main cabin to better communicate with the driver, according to organizers.

Pope Francisco will remain in Panama 23 al 27 from January, among the activities that will attend is a visit to a fulfillment center where he will meet with young inmates, You will have a vigil with thousands of young people on the outskirts of the previous capital to an open-air mass, and a massive meeting with volunteers for WYD.

WYD is the largest global gathering that makes the Catholic Church, Organizers hope to arrive around Panama 250 few thousand people 150 countries, and ones 5 thousand journalists.

Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, He said the meeting is of vital importance to Central America, where young people face many challenges to move forward, and it is conducive to them to attend the proximity between the region's countries.

In 1996 was the last papal visit recorded in the region, when Pope John Paul II arrived for the second time to El Salvador.