Young people from Venice, Belluno-Feltre and Vittorio Veneto marching to Rome for the beatification of John Paul I
Forty young people in the footsteps of Albino Luciani, who will be declared blessed on Sunday 4 September during the rite that will be presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at 10.30. It is about a group of young people from three Venetian dioceses, Venice, Belluno-Feltre and Vittorio Veneto, each of which preserves the memory of a stretch of the existential journey of Pope John Paul I.
The young pilgrims will join Rome with the group of faithful who left for St. Peter’s Square together with the patriarch of Venice, Francesco Moraglia. A journey that saw a significant stop in Siena, at the basilica and the convent of San Domenico, for a catechesis of the Dominican Father Alfredo Scarciglia on the life and testimony of Saint Catherine.
Immediately after this moment of reflection, the patriarch presided over the votive Mass of the Sienese saint: “We must all be available – Moraglia recalled in his homily – to listen to and welcome the Word of the Lord, as Catherine did. Be like the wise virgins of Gospel, which await the Spouse with vigilance. The goal of the whole spiritual life is the encounter with Christ the Spouse “.
Approximately the reforming role of the Sienese saint in the Church of his time the patriarch recalled: “It was able to be a sign of renewal and conversion despite the structures and hierarchies of the Church, while necessary and pertaining to its nature, were worn out and often marked by human sin”..
Moraglia then invited everyone to imitate “the following of Christ accomplished by Catherine, in her short and intense life, which ended at 33, a life spent for the least and for the Church, capable of generating a profound spiritual renewal”.CopyAMP code