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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 11:15 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Six students and two teachers from John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) met the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, yesterday.

The representatives of JPIIJC traveled from Benque Viejo del Carmen to Panama to participate in World Youth Day, the largest youth Catholic event in the world.

Ivanna Archilla, Salvador Iglesias, Jr., Kiandra Jones, Roelli Miranda, Gian Martinez, and Luigi Polanco—all second year students at JPIIJC—were accompanied by Megan Janczak, Dean of Students and Professor of Humanities, and Angela Kendrick, Professor of Theology and Philosophy.

The group is among 95 Belizeans being hosted at Cristo Redentor parish in Panama City, including youths from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Benque Viejo, Sacred Heart Parish in Cayo, and Divine Mercy in Belize City.

World Youth Day is an international Catholic celebration of religious faith among young people.

The event was inaugurated by JPIIJC’s patron and namesake, Pope St. John Paul II, in 1986.

This year’s meeting in Panama City is a first for Central America.  It draws pilgrims from around the world.

John Paul II Junior College is the only Liberal Arts tertiary institution in Belize.

Students master a core curriculum that includes logic, philosophy, and theology.

With record-high enrollment in 2019, the college awards Associates of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts, English, Business Administration, and Catechetics.

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