MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Hundreds of Mexican pilgrims planning to attend World Youth Day in Panama have been unable to travel because the tour packages they purchased for the event appear not to exist.
Around 400 pilgrims from at least 11 dioceses purchased tour packages from JCP Multimedios. The packages included airline tickets, accommodation, registration for the event and a pilgrimage kit, according to a Jan. 15 statement signed by Auxiliary Bishop Juan Armando Perez Talamantes of Monterrey, head of the Mexican bishops’ youth ministry.
Some of the pilgrims learned of the apparent fraud after arriving at the Mexico City international airport to take flights to Panama City — and some have remained stranded there, the statement said.
Attempts to reach JCP Multimedios were unsuccessful. Bishop Perez said in his statement that no one answered the phone at the business.
World Youth Day starts Jan. 22. As of Jan. 18, 150,000 young people had registered for the event, but more were expected to register in the final days before the event, said Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103