Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pope to visit Panama in 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 17:20:00 09/12/2009

PANAMA CITY—Pope Benedict XVI will visit Panama in 2013 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the first Catholic Church in the Americas, the Panamanian government announced.

The pontiff conveyed his decision to make the visit during his meeting with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who is currently in Italy, the presidency said in a statement Friday.

The church of Santa Maria la Antigua del Darien was built in Panama in 1510.


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