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Panama September 16, 2018. This past Saturday, with an environment of tradition, faith and joy, the region of Ngöbe-Buglé received de symbols of the World Youth Day – the WYD cross and the Icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani.
Dressed in their traditional colorful costumes and songs typical of their culture, the indigenous people danced around the symbols, showing part of what will be experienced in Soloy in January 2019, where the World Encounter of Indigenous Youth will take place.
Father Jose Fitzgerald, national executive secretary of the indigenous ministry, emphasized that the community lives a great joyfulness knowing that they will be part of WYD and that they will be able to share their ancestral values, in tune with their faith with the whole world.
After being in Soloy this Saturday September 15, the symbols will continue their journey to the province of Veraguas, the region of Azuero, Coclé, Darién, Colón and the 7th of November they will be back at the archdiocese of Panama, visiting every parishes as an announcement of the arrival of WYD.
Father Fitzgerald highlights that the residents of the district of Soloy are preparing for the world encounter and to receive the pilgrims that will live this cultural and spiritual experience, which will emphasize issues such as indigenous identity, ancestral and Christian faith, and the care of the Common Home.
One of the details of this encounter is the ecological approach, that’s why the indigenous people are working on “totumas” and plates to reduce the use of disposable containers.
In addition, adjustments are being made in schools, the school gymnasium and other sites that will be places of accommodation and headquarters of the central events.