Pope slams ‘fear’ over migration as he begins Panama youth meet
Kelly VELASQUEZ, Denis BARNETT AFP • January 23, 2019
Panama City (AFP) - Pope Francis flew into Panama on Wednesday at the start of a five-day visit for World Youth Day festivities amid heightened tensions over an unfolding political crisis in nearby Venezuela.
More than 1,000 pilgrims cheered Francis’ arrival at Tocumen airport, waving the starred red, white and blue Panamanian flag and the yellow and white flag of the Vatican.
The 82-year-old pontiff acknowledged them with a wave and a smile after slowly descending the steps of his Alitalia plane following a 13-hour flight from Rome.
Also, see tweet below (the young man broke through the barrier and was holding a Venezuelan flag):