In 2019 the youth of the world gather again, this time in Panama City, Panama. Catholics traditionally make up three-quarters of the 3.3 million inhabitants of Panama. The country’s bishops said the decision is a reflection of his attention to the peripheries and voiced their hope to be a “bridge” for those who come from all continents.
Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama said, "It'll be important for following the Pope's call to bring the faith to the peripheries. Panama is one of those peripheries, and World Youth Day will achieve this end."
Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán of David believes “it will be an occasion, a revitalization of the Church in general, and for the youth in particular … not just from Panama, but from Central America and all of Latin America”. He also said, this will be an opportunity for a demographically young Latin America to “charge their battery” in living the Christian life.
Due to its geographical location, the cardinal said Panama was well-placed for air, road, and sea communications with North and South America.
Pope Francis had recognized that Panama's values of "peace, dialogue and coexistence" were similar to those of World Youth Day, adding that his government would back the Catholic Church in facilitating "an event which includes every part of society."