The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, confirmed on Monday that Pope Francis will participate in the upcoming World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.
The Holy Father will arrive at the event a day after it begins and take part from the 23rd to the 27th of January.
A brief statement said the Pope had accepted an invitation from the government of Panama and from the country’s Catholic bishops.
This will be the third World Youth Day Pope Francis attends. His first took place in Brazil in 2013, just months after his election to the papacy, followed by Poland in 2016.
What is World Youth Day?
World Youth Day (WYD) is an encounter of young people from around the world with the Pope, typically celebrated every three years. The event allows young people to experience the universality of the Church and to share their faith in Jesus Christ.