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View of a pantheon built by the Red Cross to bury the bodies of irregular migrants at the Municipal Cemetery of El Real de Santa Maria, Darien Province, Panama, on March 8, 2023, on the eve of its delivery to Panamanian authorities. The Red Cross constructed the hundred niches pantheon to bury the bodies of irregular migrants who die during their journey through the inhospitable Darien jungle in search of the American dream.

‘Out of Christian charity,’ priests bury migrants who died in Darien jungle

Apr 5, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

The inhospitable Darién jungle has for years become an unavoidable route for hundreds of thousands of migrants who want to... Read more

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza.

Panama’s Cardinal Lacunza apologizes for his disappearance: ‘It was a stupid prank’

Feb 5, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza, the bishop of the Diocese of David in Panama, apologized Feb. 4 after having been missing... Read more

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza.

Cardinal Lacunza found alive in Panama

Feb 1, 2024

By Diego López Marina

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza was found “safe and sound” today after being missing since Tuesday, Jan. 30. Read more

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán.

Panama Cardinal José Luis Lacunza missing since Tuesday

Feb 1, 2024

By Diego López Colín

In a Feb. 1 statement, the diocese said that a report has been “filed with the authorities of the public... Read more

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

Bishops of Panama: Catholics must not attend SSPX Masses

Sep 18, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The Panamanian Bishops’ Conference has published a communiqué stating that Catholics should not attend services of the Priestly Fraternity of... Read more

Migrants waiting to cross the Gulf of Urabá to start the route through the Darién jungle.

Church wants migrants to be aware of dangers of route through Panama’s Darien jungle

Oct 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Passing through the Darién jungle in Panama as the first stage of the route to reach the United States continues... Read more

Archdiocese of Panama warns of abortion group claiming ‘Catholic’ title

Feb 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Panama warned the country’s faithful that “Catholics for the Right to Decide” (CDD in Spanish), which is... Read more

The flag of Panama.

Panamanian bishops ask for humane, respectful domestic immigration reform

Aug 8, 2019

The standing committee of the Panamanian bishops' conference has expressed its concern over a migration reform bill, asking that it... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, Penn.

World Youth Day pilgrims receive warm welcome in Panama  

Jan 24, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

When you go to stay at someone’s house for a week, it’s not unusual for the host to tidy the... Read more

Opening Mass for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

World Youth Day kicks off with message: 'Have the courage to be saints'

Jan 23, 2019

At the opening Mass of World Youth Day 2019, Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama told young people from... Read more

Inmates construct confessionals for the 2019 World Youth Day.

Inmates building 250 confessionals for 2019 World Youth Day

Dec 22, 2018

Inmates from La Joya and Nueva Joya prisons have begun the construction of 250 confessionals to be used in the... Read more

World Youth Day contest welcomes Catholic filmmakers

Jul 23, 2018

A Catholic film ministry has opened a contest for the 2019 World Youth Day to encourage young cinematographers to create... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II visits Colombia in 1986.

John Paul II relic given to 2019 World Youth Day

Nov 20, 2017

At a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Janusz Kotanski delivered a relic of... Read more

Official song of World Youth Day Panama released

Jul 4, 2017

On Monday the Archdiocese of Panama released the official theme song of the next World Youth Day, to be held... Read more

Panamanian pilgrims attend Pope Francis General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 5, 2017.

Laity, gender ideology shared concerns for Pope and Panama's bishops

Jun 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

World Youth Day wasn't the only topic on the agenda for Panama's bishops during their meeting with Pope Francis this... Read more

Panamanian youths attend a prayer vigil at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

Youth raise voices ahead of 2018 synod: we want to follow Christ

Apr 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

At a prayer vigil with youth this weekend, Pope Francis said the Church needs to listen to the voice of... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

Mar 21, 2017

On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama July 30, 2016.

World Youth Day Panama will take place January 22-27

Jan 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama officially announced the dates of the next World Youth Day, which... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama July 30, 2016.

Panama to host next WYD in 2019, Pope announces

Jul 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis officially closed WYD in Krakow, thanking the thousands of youth who traveled across the world to... Read more

Cardinals and Bishops celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with Pope Francis for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, 2014.

Panama's first cardinal: I'm astonished at my appointment

Jan 20, 2015

Among the new cardinals Pope Francis will create in the February consistory is Bishop Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of the... Read more