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Visit to Caserta, Italy
Pope Francis visits Italian city during the feast of its patron, and greets Legionaries there

Pope celebrates Mass in Caserta, Italy
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.

After his introduction, the Pope answered the questions from the priests. He
Father Juan Sabadell LC greets the Pope
Father Juan Sabadell LC greets the Pope during the his visit to Caserta.
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.

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 Maddaloni.

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.

Fr. Francisco Elizalde spoke to the Pope of the closeness and prayers
Fr. Bonifacio Cuesta, LC meets the pope.
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 took part.

Pope Francis’ speech during his meeting with the clergy and the text of his homily can be found
Father Francisco Elizalde LC meets with the pope.
Father Francisco Elizalde LC conveyed the greetings of the Movement to the Holy Father.
at the following link:



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