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Day 10: the last 24 hours
Well, it's the middle of day 10 here in Panama City and we've had a really busy 24 hours! Yesterday evening, we headed to Figali - about 20 minutes drive from where we are in Panama and it was there that most of the group came together at the American Bishop's Fiat Congress. Fiat is not known for its cars in the United States, rather the Latin for "Let it be done".
The Congress was a combination of talks, prayer and music. Some of the speakers included Sr Bethany Madonna a Sister of Life, Archbishop Robert Barron, Sarah Kroger and Steve Angrisano among others. Some others managed to hand back a little and see Pope Francis' arrival in the streets of Panama. Locals began lining the streets from lunchtime in anticipation of a quick glimpse!
Today we kicked off with Catechesis and Mass again, this time we listened to Bishop Alan Williams, the 7th Bishop of Brentwood. He gave a beautiful teaching and Q&A followed by Mass which Archbishop Comensoli and Fr Dishan concelebrated.
In the afternoon, some groups went past Omar Park - where many youth festival events are held and caught a bit of Fr Rob Galea's concert on the stage.
Tonight we are headed to the official welcoming of Pope Francis to World Youth Day! More to come so stay tuned.