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There are eight patron saints for World Youth Day in Panama. Saints in heaven, pray for us!
Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio
Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio was a martyr at 15 years of age during the Mexican Cristero Revolution. He is known for his bravery in proclaiming Jesus – Viva Cristo Rey.
Saint Juan Diego
Saint Juan Diego is the first indigenous saint of the Americas. Mother Mary appeared to him and gifted him with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which appears on his tilma and is venerated until today.
Blessed Sor Maria Romero Meneses
Blessed Maria was a religious sister who served the poor in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Saint John Bosco
Saint John Bosco was a priest who worked with disadvantaged young people in Turin, Italy during the 1800s. His mission to educate and form young people continues in the work of the Salesians.
Saint John Paul II
Saint John Paul II is the founder of World Youth Day. As a priest, bishop and Pope, he devoted much of his ministry to accompanying young people, deepening their understanding of true love and leading them to a fuller relationship with God.
Blessed Oscar Romero
Blessed Oscar Romero was Bishop of El Salvador, who spoke for the poor and marginalised in his country during the time of the Salvadoran Civil War. He was assassinated in 1980 while saying Mass.
Saint Martin de Porres
Saint Martin de Porress was a Dominican brother in Peru who became known for his acts of charity and care for the sick.
Saint Rose of Lima
Saint Rose of Lima was a Dominican tertiary who lived a life of deep prayer and simplicity. She was the first person in the Americas to be named a saint.