|Pope celebrates Mass on the feast of St. Anne in Caserta, Italy|
Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to the city of
Caserta, Italy, last month, and gave a special blessing for
the Regnum Christi community during that time.
On July 26, the
feast of St. Anne (mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
the Pope met with the clergy and faithful of the
diocese. (St. Anne is the patron saint of that city.)
He met with the approximately 150 priests there, including the
Legionaries of Christ who work in the Villaggio dei Ragazzi
in the nearby town of Maddaloni. The Legionaries greeted the
Holy Father and exchanged a few words with him.
introduction, the Pope answered the questions from the priests. He
discussed the need for unity between and with the bishops,
the danger of certain types of spirituality, popular piety, pastoral
creativity as a fruit of prayer, and the spirituality of
the diocesan clergy.
|Father Juan Sabadell LC greets the Pope during the his visit to Caserta. |
Among the priests present were the three
Legionaries of Christ who carry out their apostolate in the
Villaggio dei Ragazzi: Fr. Juan Sabadell, now president of the
Foundation; Fr. Bonifacio Cuesta, chaplain of the Institute; and Fr.
Francisco Elizalde, local coordinator of apostolate for Regnum Christi in
Fr. Bonifacio explained briefly what he does as a chaplain
and asked for the Pope’s blessing and prayers for them,
to which the Pope replied by asking where he was
from. “I am from Burgos, Spain,” he said. Then the
Holy Father quoted verses from the poem Cántico del
Mío Cid that he had learned in his youth.
Elizalde spoke to the Pope of the closeness and prayers
|Fr. Bonifacio Cuesta LC showing the pope a brochure about their work in the Villaggio dei Ragazzi. |
of all the members of the Regnum Christi Movement, to
which the Holy Father expressed his appreciation by giving his
blessing to all those in Regnum Christi and asking for
prayers for his ministry.
After greeting all the priests present, the
Holy Father presided over the Eucharistic celebration that took place
outside the majestic Reggia of Caserta. Two hundred thousand people
Pope Francis’ speech during his meeting with the
clergy and the text of his homily can be found
|Father Francisco Elizalde LC conveyed the greetings of the Movement to the Holy Father.|
at the following link: