Pilgrims will leave Australia and journey to Mexico to embrace how Christianity has influenced their culture and to immerse themselves in a youth festival in Puebla. They will experience the strong influence of Mary in the life of Mexico, culminating in a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Following Mexico, the group travels to Panama City with millions of young people to encounter the Universal Church during World Youth Day Week, open to transforming their lives, ready to encounter a deeper union with Jesus and others, and to pray in solidarity with Pope Francis at World Youth Day.
Your journey begins today as you depart for Mexico! Upon arrival at Mexico City Airport, a Cosmos Representative will meet the pilgrimage group and transfer you to your overnight hotel where you will have time to recuperate from your flight.
This morning, depart Mexico City, travelling to Puebla, on the journey stop in at the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA TONANTZINTLA, where you'll be impressed with its beauty and unique architecture which incorporates Christianity with the indigenous culture. Here, you will celebrate your first mass before being led by Mexican youth through the town of Cholula for lunch. This afternoon you will climb to the top of a Pyramid. This is the largest pyramid in the world with its famous CHURCH OF THE LADY OF REMEDIES at the top. Have time for prayer and reflection. This evening, arrive in one of Mexico's prettiest colonial cities. Tonight your group leader will take you to dinner in Puebla.
Start the day with a walk or coach transfer to the CHURCH OF SANTO DOMINGO and attend Morning Prayer. Break in to coach groups and visit a number of different ministries, schools and works for young people and the disadvantaged in Puebla for an experience of immersion and the local realties. Afterwards have time for lunch in the ZOCALO PARIAN AREA, walk through the markets before departing for the Diocesan Seminary. Here the Bishop of Puebla will welcome you and concelebrate mass with Bishop Vincent . Following mass and dinner a festival will be hosted by the local Diocese and you will farewell the local Mexican Youth you have shared the past two days with.
Today, depart Puebla, learn about the ancient Aztec people with a visit to Teotihuacan to see the ancient PYRAMIDS OF THE SUN AND MOON and an inside view from the extraordinary TEMPLE OF QUETZALCOAT. Next, cross the city to visit the GUADALUPE MISSIONARIES seminary at Tlalpan . Here you will have the opportunity for some free-time playing sports and activities with local young people before a mass in their incredible Chapel. This evening arrive in Mexico City and enjoy dinner close by with your small group.
This morning, take part in an Australian pilgrimage to OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE BASILICA. One of the world's most revered shrines. Attend Mass at the Old Basilica, there's time to visit the museum, the tranquil grottos, and view the famous TILMA, the large apron imprinted with the image of the Virgin Mary and worn by Juan Diego. There's also time to walk the entire pilgrimage site with your new Mexican volunteers who come from a local secondary school. Have time for lunch with them before travelling to their school for a de-brief and sharing of experiences. Later, return by coach to the hotel and explore the city and enjoy dinner with your group.
Depart early this morning and travel to Mexico City international airport for your ongoing flight to Panama City via Houston, Texas for World Youth Day 2019. Upon arrival, a Cosmos Representative will meet you where you will be transferred to your hotel, where we you will check in.
Today is at leisure for you to explore this cosmopolitan city.
The World Youth Day celebration begins with the Opening Mass said by the local Bishop. This Mass often emphasises the culture of the host country, Panama! The Opening Mass for WYD Panama City 2019 will take place in the afternoon.
Over the next three days, you will take part in morning catechesis with Bishops from around the world and have the opportunity to encounter the Vocations Expo and the Youth Festival program.
Catechesis is preached in different languages by Bishops from around the world who will teach and reflect with pilgrims. Catechesis sessions will take place across the city in churches and other chosen venues to ensure that all young people can participate.
The Youth Festival; a religious, artistic and cultural program takes place in the afternoons and evenings during the three days of catechesis, except during the Main Events. The Youth Festival is composed of open and free initiatives of an artistic, religious and spiritual character. This aspect of WYD gives pilgrims an opportunity to participate in concerts, exhibitions, workshops, sporting events, theatre events and many others.
The Vocations Fair/Centre is a place where religious congregations, catholic schools and universities, religious publishing houses, missionary organisations, national and international movements and communities can present their charism and works. The Vocations Centre's goal is to show young pilgrims different paths of achieving their vocation in the Church, and to encourage them to look for answers to the question of what God wants from them in their lives.
After a morning of catechesis, today will be the pilgrim's first encounter with the Holy Father during the Papal Welcome. It is a time of particular joy, and pilgrims will have the opportunity to pray together with Pope Francis. During the service we listen to the Word of God and the first speech of the Holy Father.
This morning, pilgrims will engage in the final catechesis session with the international Bishops. In the afternoon and evening, pilgrims gather for the Way of the Cross - which invites pilgrims into the penitential character of WYD.
Today pilgrims will take part in the pilgrimage walk to the site of the Vigil and Final Mass. The Vigil is often the most personal part of the central events with the Holy Father. It is a unique time of prayer and meeting with Christ and it has an atmosphere of total peace, but also great joy.
Today is the conclusion of the WYD pilgrimage and the celebration of the Final Mass of the XXXIV World Youth Day, celebrated by the Holy Father. During this Eucharist celebration, the Pope challenges and sends the young people out to the whole world to be witnesses in their own homes. At the very end, after the Angelus, the Holy Father traditionally announces the location of the next World Youth Day.
After breakfast, travel to the airport for your onward flight to Texas for your retreat. On arrival in Texas you will be met at the airport and transferred to your retreat location. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow pilgrims and reflect on the past week.
Today will be spent at your retreat location.
This afternoon you will be transferred to Houston International Airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Sydney.