Ex-Panama president Martinelli arrives at court for trial

Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli arrives at court under heavy police surveillance as his trial over wiretapping accusations resumes. IMAGES

Panama’s Varela hosts farewell ceremony for Pope Francis

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and spouse Lorena Castillo host a farewell ceremony at the airport for Pope Francis after five days of World Youth Day festivities. IMAGES

Pope Francis arrives to Panama Metropolitan Cathedral for mass

Pope Francis arrives to Panama Metropolitan Cathedral to meet with young student priests on Saturday on the fourth day of his visit to Panama for World Youth Day celebrations. IMAGES

Pope Francis presides over massive Panama Way of the Cross

Pope Francis presides over a massive gathering Way of the Cross celebration in Panama City during the World Youth Day. IMAGES

Pope Francis visits Panama youth detention center

Pope Francis visits a detention center for young offenders in Panama, he then heard confessions from a few of them. IMAGES

Pope Francis sings Happy Birthday to ‘young’ grandmother

Pope Francis sings Happy Birthday to a pilgrim – an “old lady” he says is “younger than me” – after he visited a detention center for young offenders in Panama. IMAGES

Being ‘cool’ not enough, pope tells young people in Panama

Pope Francis tells a global gathering of young Catholics that meaningful service was key to attracting a new generation of faithful, rather than trying to make the Church more “fun” or “cool.”

Pope Francis arrives to giant Panama youth gathering

Pope Francis arrives in the popemobil to formally open World Youth Day celebrations which have drawn around 200,000 young people from around the world to Panama. IMAGES

Pope Francis starts trip in Panama with official visit to Varela

Pope Francis starts his 5-day trip to Panama City by paying an official visit to President Juan Carlos Varela at the Presidential Palace. IMAGES

Venezuelans at World Youth Day hope for political change

As Venezuela’s political crisis deepens, Venezuelan pilgrims at the Catholic World Youth Day festivities in Panama, being attended by Pope Francis, are hoping for things to take a better turn in their country.