Young Nicaraguans risk everything to go see the Pope in Panama

Young Nicaraguans who participated in anti-government protests against President Daniel Ortega have to give up on their dream to go to Panama for World Youth Day and see Pope Francis, and the ones who will make the journey might risk being detained at the border.

Rock and roll nuns hope to make the pope dance in Panama

With millions of YouTube views and hits on Spotify and iTunes, a group of young nun rockers play one of their biggest gigs next week, and thousands of Catholics, perhaps including the pope himself, will lap it up.

In Panama, student painters put finishing touches on pope mural

Students in a painting workshop in Panama get ready to complete the mural that will grace the walls for Pope Francis’s final mass during his visit to the Latin American country.

Craftsmen in Panama start work on pope’s wooden throne

Carpenters in the Panamian town of Los Pozos start building the throne upon which Pope Francis will sit when he comes to the country for a visit later this month.

Panama inmates build confessionals for Pope Francis visit

Inmates at La Joya prison in Panama City begin construction of 250 confessionals to be used in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Pope Francis’ visit for World Youth Day in January 2019.

China’s Xi makes historic visit to Panama

China’s President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela sign a string of cooperation agreements as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

Chinese president Xi Jingping meets with Panama president

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Palacio De Las Garzas to meet with Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela. IMAGES

German prosecutors raid Deutsche Bank in ‘Panama Papers’ probe

German prosecutors raid several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 “Panama Papers” data leak.

Cuba president holds welcoming ceremony for Panama president

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel holds welcoming ceremony for Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela in Havana during his state visit. IMAGES+COMPLETES VID1256885_EN+

SOS Mediterranee issues a rallying cry to save the Aquarius

SOS Mediterranee calls for citizen mobilization to “save the Aquarius”. At a press conference in Marseille, the NGO called on the public to gather across Europe on 6 October so that its ship – which currently has no flag after Panama withdrew it – can continue life-saving rescue operations off the Libyan coast.