Welcome to the Panama Weekly News Roundup! Here’s the latest.
During WYD in Panama, Pope To Visit Sick and Jailed Youth.
When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day in January, he will meet with young people not able to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV.
He also will dedicate the altar of Panama’s newly renovated 400-year-old cathedral, meet with bishops from Central America and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering, according to the schedule released by the Vatican Nov. 20.
The pope’s visit to Panama Jan. 23-27 will be his 26th trip outside of Italy. During his visit, he will deliver seven speeches and celebrate two Masses as well as a penitential liturgy.
Source: The Tablet
Venezuelan Airline Conviasa Reopens Air Route with Panama.
Venezuelan state airline Conviasa reopens as of Tuesday the route linking the South American nation with Panama, its president, Ramon Velasquez, said. The official posted on Twitter that this action strengthens the integration policies of the Latin American peoples and the exchange between both countries.
The route begins in Caracas and includes stops in the cities of Panama and Managua, Nicaragua, before returning to the Venezuelan capital, Velasquez also said.
The Conviasa head also announced that the sale of tickets for the new routes will be enabled in the authorized agencies as of Tuesday.
Source: Prensa Latina
Panama City turns 500 next year, but with a fresh makeover it’s never felt more new.
A fantastic feature article was written about Panama’s celebration of 500 years through the lens of modern development and innovation.
“Ron de cortesía” is probably the nicest welcome I’ve encountered checking into a hotel. The decanter of courtesy rum was just to the right of the tiny reception in Las Clementinas, a beautiful apart-hotel in Panama City’s Casco Viejo (Old Quarter). Far more grown-up than a hot towel and a fruit juice, a quality rum slows you down, gets your pulse running at the right beat for the tropics, and casts you back to a time when straw hats and molasses were the exports of Central America’s only real city – rather than dubious financial instruments.
Source: The Telegraph
Driving in Panama: The basics!
If you’re planning on relocating or retiring in Panama, chances are, you’ve considered whether or not to drive a car there. Driving in Panama, like anywhere, has its ups and downs, and buying or using a car in Panama depends on many factors.
Before you make the decision to drive in Panama, we highly recommend you do some due diligence first. Panama has one of the largest amounts of cars on the road, per population, of any country in the hemisphere. There are also numerous laws, licenses, and regulations involved in driving in Panama, so weighing out whether is worth it is critical to your plan to relocate here. In order to keep you informed, here are the basics on what you should know.