In 2016, Pope Francis called pilgrimage ‘a symbol of life’, pointing to movement, both physical and spiritual, as the source of our vitality. ‘Think of water: when water is not in the river, it does not course, but instead it remains still and stagnates … Please: do not stand still in life!’
Our Melbourne pilgrims have been on the move through Europe and the Holy Land on their way to World Youth Day in Lisbon, and yesterday joined nearly 400,000 others from around the world for the Opening Mass.
In recent days, the Emerging Leaders pilgrims heard from prominent Church figures in Rome, including Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, Undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery of Evangelisation. They also met up with the Italian Way pilgrims for Mass at St Peter’s Basilica and an exploration of the catacombs; the Holy Land and Italian Way pilgrims converged on Fatima for a glorious night captured in our photo gallery; and the full group of nearly 600 pilgrims came together in Lisbon on Monday for Mass with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.
Finally, this week we also say thanks to our tireless aged care heroes, and as CatholicCare launch their annual Sunday Appeal, we hear from Cassie, who shares how a little generosity can help struggling families.
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