Second anniversary of WYD 2016July 31, 2018
Monsignor José Ulloa Mendieta dresses Costa Rica’s “La Negrita”August 3, 2018
Panama 31 July 2018 - The first relic of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero to leave El Salvador was delivered to Panama as a fraternal gesture on the part of this sister church, as he is one of the patrons of World Youth Day 2019.
Monsignor José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama received the official image of the beatified Archbishop, imbedded with the first-class relic (it contains a microscopic piece of bone from his rib that was extracted when the autopsy was done on Romero in 1980).
This relic will be exposed in the Metropolitan Cathedral during its consecration during World Youth Day Panama 2019. Also, in September, a reliquary containing a piece of cloth with Monsignor Romero’s blood from when he fell, fatally wounded, on that fateful day on the 24th March 1980, will arrive in the country; along with a bust and a replica of his miter.
The Archbishop of Panama expressed his gratitude for this gesture from the Church in El Salvador and highlighted the fact that Monsignor Romero was the first patron saint suggested for this World Youth Day, as an example to the youth of the world, because, after October 14th, the day he will be elevated to sainthood in St. Peter’s Square, he will no longer be a saint just of his people, but of the universal church.
For his part, Monsignor Rafael Urrutia, diocesan postulator of the cause for beatification, underscored that the young people were the hope of Monsignor Romero, those who were always open and suportive, and so the relic was delivered to Panama to journey on this pilgrimage together with the youth of the world.