Religion in Panamá
Since ancient years, Panamá has been the "Path of the Americas," meaning people from all over the world came and go through Panamá, for one reason or another, especially for great opportunities in commerce.
Directly after the continent of América was discovered, the first ones to arrive in this land were the Catholics priests. This is the reason why Latin America is predominantly Catholic, Panamá included.
But Panamá has not left out all other denominations and religions. There is a considerable and respectable Jewish community that has contributed a lot to the commerce in Panamá, and is represented mainly in the Panamá Free Zone. Same as people from the Mediterranean areas, including lots of descendants from Syria, Lebannon, Egypt, and the all Middle East and even India, many with different religions that has absolute freedom to practice their religion, and are very happy in their own communities, always interacting with other communities, and contributing greatly to charities and events. Their cultures are greatly admired in Panamá.
Lately, more and more Evangelical churches are blooming, like Hosanna. But every and each one of them is privileged in their own way to practice religion without disturbing anybody.
Panamá has beautiful and old churches which are admired by visitors. One of them is "San José" (St. Josepth) with a gold altar, in Casco Viejo (see the video). There is also "Nuestra Señora de Carmen" (Our Lady of Carmello) in Vía España (main avenue in the city of Panamá) with an extraordinary white "barroco" style architecture. Also in the city of Colón, is one of the oldest Baptist churches, housed in a stone structure. In the city of Panamá, we have a big nondenominational church that receives a big audience.
All this only shows the extensive freedom and tolerance Panamá gives to their residents and visitors.