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Vatican prepares to welcome 150,000 people for next Pilgrimage of Families

2013-10-10

Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear hes concerned about the family. The topic will be the focus of his pontificates first synod. But hell have the chance to address his concerns at the next Pilgrimage of Families to the Vatican, from October 26-27. 

MSGR. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pontifical Council for the Family
"I think that Pope Francis is highlighting the path we all need to take. And I think it's also a signal, in my point of view, for other institutions to place the family at the center of their concerns.”

The Pilgrimage celebrates the Year of Faith, and the Vatican expects some 150,000 people from over 75 countries to attend. They will meet with the Pope twice. The first will be on Saturday, October 26, during the profession of faith at St. Peter's Square. On Sunday morning, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the families.

MSGR. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pontifical Council for the Family
"It's not a global gathering, but we'd like to say that Rome will momentarily become the capital of the family, of joyous and extraordinary families. Even those who suffer from ailments or cannot walk, it doesn't matter. They are all invited to celebrate with the Pope.”

Children and the elderly will play a significant role during Saturday's event. They are the ones that suffer most from the "throwaway culture” the Pope speaks of often. It marginalizes those who are most vulnerable. For the Vatican, the family is the only place where they can seek refuge.


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