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Pope Francis meets with thousands of people of the Vincentian Family on Saturday

"Love is inventive, even to infinity." This saying by St. Vincent de Paul continues to inspire the Vincentian Family, as they come to Rome to meet Pope Francis and commemorate their 400th anniversary.

Thousands of Vincentians will participate in this meeting while seeking to deepen their charism of serving, and transmit it to those who do not yet know it.

FR. TOMAZ MAVRIC
Superior General, Vincentians
"It is an opportunity to deepen the bonds between us, in the family itself, among the different branches. At the same time, to share this charism with others who may not know much about it or have never heard of it."

In their four centuries of existence, the family has expanded. Today it is made up of around 200 branches spread out to 156 countries around the world. There are about two million people who follow the charism of serving the poor, who are, as St. Vincent said, "our masters and lords."

FR. JOE AGOSTINO
Symposium Coordinator
"There are going to be possibly more than 45 branches of the family here this weekend. The largest number will be the Congretation of Missionaries of Charity, Sisters of Charity, the Society of Saint Vincent the Paul, the Ladies of Charity, AIC... FLASH. The most amazing part of this has been the response of people. When we started to do this we had no idea how people would respond. Then, as registrations kept on pouring in, it became like 'wow, this has caught fire'."

Since the beginning of the year, the relics of St. Vincent de Paul have been travelling through Europe. The goal is to "go out to the peripheries of the world," just as the pope asks.

In addition, the Vincentians will announce two new projects. One is a film festival featured movies on St. Vincent and the other is a global initiative to help the homeless. The idea was presented in June in the European Parliament. The Superior General says both are intended to "globalize charity and make it effective."