Lisbon, 02 August, 2023 / 8:43 pm (ACI Africa).
They made it “by the grace of God,” 36-year-old Father Ernest Wisner said about the presence of his small group from Liberia at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The group of 10 — eight young adults and two priests — had to travel through four countries before arriving in Lisbon on the morning of Aug. 1, the first day of the international gathering that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of young people from 146 of the world’s countries.
Wisner told CNA being at WYD feels like “a miracle” after the group had to travel to another West African country to apply for and receive the visas that allowed them to enter Portugal.
The 36-year-old, who has been a priest for three years, explained that because there is no Portuguese embassy in Liberia, they had to drive more than 10 hours from the capital city Monrovia and across all of neighboring Sierra Leone to arrive in the capital of Guinea, where they boarded a plane to Dakar, Senegal.
Father Ernest Wisner, 36, a priest of the Archdiocese of Monrovia, Liberia, joined another priest and eight young people on a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. Credit: Hannah Brockhaus/CNA