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Rimini Meeting unites thousands to reflect on the current world situation

Like every year, thousands of people are participating in the "Meeting of Rimini." This Italian city is home to Communion and Liberation's week of meetings to reflect, with a Christian perspective, on the challenges of the world today.

The thread of this year's quote is a quote from Goethe: "All that you have, bequeathed you by your father, earn it in order to possess it."

Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the main authority of Latin Catholics in the Holy Land, spoke at the the main conference to explain the theme.

Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
"There is nothing in human experience that cannot be enlightened or valued by the experience of the Gospel. This is precisely our duty and only we can do it, others cannot. Then something new happens, coming from what we've gained through this process of incarnation of the Gospel in history. It will no longer be ours alone, mine alone or yours alone, but will be for all. It will be a heritage and a gift for all. This is our vocation."

Alisa Moses and Ghadir Hani, initiators of "Women Wage Peace," were also applauded at the event. One is Jewish and the other Muslim. They have already gathered 20,000 women from all walks of their country to pressure politicians to reach a peace agreement.

Women Wage Peace
"My daughter served in the army. I remember that she was far from the Gaza Strip and I also remember at that time I could not sleep at night. So at a certain point I decided... I said enough! I can't do it anymore, as a woman, as a mother, or as a citizen of my country. I thought I must do something to change the situation. Surely, all this has to change. We cannot send our children to war."

In these days, the Rimini Meeting includes more than 100 conferences on topics such as education, work and dialogue, and dozens of exhibitions. The result is a very attractive experience that offers new perspectives to its participants.

Many of their meetings can be followed online: https: //www.youtube.com/channel/UCla4q878AbRmoMcHp60GMfg