VIDEO: World Youth Day 2019 – Day 5

19 January 2019, Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019 Panama


Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv is leading 171 pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta to World Youth Day 2019 (WYD).

WYD 2019 will be a pilgrimage to Mexico, Panama and the United States for a two-week festival of faith with millions of youth from around the world joining Pope Francis for an encounter with Jesus and deeper faith formation.

The Diocese of Parramatta Communications Team will be capturing stories during WYD 2019. You can follow the pilgrimage below through our daily updates and on

For Day 1, click here

For Day 1 (In Transit), click here

For Day 2, click here

For Day 3, click here

For Day 3 (Evening), click here

For Day 4, click here

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Mexican leg of the Diocese of Parramatta World Youth Day 2019 pilgrimage reached its climax on Saturday with a visit to the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The pilgrims also attended Mass at the old basilica.

The day began with pilgrims walking four kilometres to the basilica. The walk reflects the Mexican tradition of going on pilgrimage from their home town to the basilica, located in Mexico City.

The basilica, one of the world’s most revered shrines, is the most visited Christian pilgrimage site in the world. The basilica contains the tilma with an image of the Virgin Mary who appeared to St Juan Diego in 1531.

Diocese of Parramatta pilgrims bring roses to the basilica. Image: Diocese of Parramatta.

The pilgrims brought roses to the basilica for the Virgin Mary. This is a local tradition dating back to St Juan Diego who was instructed by the Virgin Mary to bring her flowers.

The Diocese of Parramatta pilgrims joined thousands of other worshippers who made a pilgrimage to the shrine. Groups of pilgrims were given personal tours of the site by local school students.

The Diocese of Parramatta pilgrims also joined pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Sydney Catholic Students for a Mass celebrated in the old basilica by Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and concelebrated by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and other priests from the pilgrimage groups.

The tilma with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Image: Diocese of Parramatta.

In his homily, Bishop Vincent said that we are called to be like Our Lady of Guadalupe, a visible presence of God’s love in the world.

The pilgrims were then given the opportunity to spend time exploring local markets and a visit to a local school, where they were able to reflect on their Mexican journey.

Pilgrims departed Mexico for Panama on Sunday (via the United States) for the beginning World Youth Day 2019 in Panama starting on Tuesday.

View the photos from today here or click on the images below.

WYD 2019

World Youth Day 2019 IN-Sync

The Diocese of Parramatta will be a hosting a special World Youth Day event on January 27.

As the 171 pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta prepare for the final Mass at World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, their families and friends are being invited to celebrate alongside them thousands of kilometres away in Parramatta.

The World Youth Day (WYD) 2019 IN-Sync event on Sunday 27 January will allow those families and friends to connect with the pilgrims as they finish their pilgrimage.

WYD2019 IN-Sync has been organised by Catholic Youth Parramatta, Institute for Mission, St Patrick’s Cathedral Community and the Diocesan WYD Steering Committee.

The World Youth Day 2019 IN-Sync event will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, on Sunday 27 January at 6pm.

Fr Paul Roberts, Director for the Institute for Mission, Diocese of Parramatta, said that IN-Sync is “an attempt to link the local community with our travelling pilgrims, and a chance for those at home to share directly in the spirit of World Youth Day.”

The IN-Sync event will begin with Mass at 6pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, with a celebration of food, music and fellowship to follow.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by 22 January to Fr Paul Roberts –

Essential details

  • 27 January, from 6pm
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
  • 6pm – Special WYD Mass
  • 7pm – Food, shooting video messages to be used for the pilgrims’ retreat in Houston, video messages from our pilgrims in Panama


To follow the Diocese of Parramatta’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, please visit

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