The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Atalaya, 250 km from the city of Panama, was the traditional appointment destination for devotees of Jesus of Nazareth, which every year on March 5 gathers thousands of faithful.
The Archbishop of Panama, His Exc. Mgr. José Domingo Ulloa
Mendieta, O.S.A celebrated the great feast and the Mass and spoke about
the situation in the country, especially the scourge of corruption.
"Who pays for corruption? The poor, hospitals without medicine, patients
without assistance or spiritual care, children without education and
catechesis", said Mgr. Ulloa. "No one is exempt from liability, neither
the Church, nor the rich or the poor", he said according to the text
sent to Fides.
During the Mass, he wanted to consecrate the Country and World Youth Day 2019 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
"Today, after 34 years, we commemorate the visit of John Paul II in
Panama, and we also have the joy to have with us one of the 13 copies of
the image of Our Lady of Fatima, which are on a pilgrimage around the
world, to commemorate the centenary of her appearances in the Cova de
Iria, Portugal, and Panama is one of those privileged countries".
"But there is an even greater sin - said Mgr. Ulloa - indifference. This
is another of the evils that we have to fight. Because indifference
paralyzes us, it does not allow us to move forward".