With the pope's blessing, St. Benedict's torch leaves for Budapest

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23/02/2020
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The pope blessed the torch of St. Benedict, 'Pro Pace et Europa una.' It has been lit as a symbol of peace and unity since 1964, the year in which Paul VI proclaimed St. Benedict the patron of Europe.

This group of Renaissance artists are custodians of this tradition, which hopes to promote peace and unity in Europe.

CECILIA SEGATORI
We represent the torch of St. Benedict, the torch “Pro Pace et Europa una,” which is blessed by the pope every year. This tradition unites three cities: Subiaco, Norcia and Cassino. Together with the historical bearers of the torch and the Renaissance courtship, we join the legacy of St. Benedict in the three cities. Several routes are made with the torch every year and we parade in the three cities.”

ANTONELLA LIBERATI
“Afterward, it takes an international stage, since St. Benedict is patron saint of Europe. This year we are going to Budapest.”

In addition to promoting St. Benedict for the unity of Europe, they emphasize he is an example of virtue for today's society.

ANTONIO MARSELLA
“I was born near his monastery in Italy. In addition he doubles as my patron saint, since I am a chemist. He is very important to me, that's why I am part of this group.

The torch 'Pro Pace et Europa una' has been taken to several European cities. In 2001, it went to New York, following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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