The Australian delegation to the World Meeting of Families in Rome has met with the Australian ambassador to the Holy See, Chiara Porro, on the eve of the event. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Thousands of people from around the world have gathered in Rome, and communities around the world are also hosting local events centred on the theme “Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness”.
Jude Hennessy from Wollongong Diocese, one of the Australian delegates, provided the following report on the meeting with Ms Porro at Domus Australia:
Fr Bob Hayes officially welcomed the ambassador and Australian delegates to Domus Australia on behalf of Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP after Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay led the gathering in prayer.
Ms Porro said it had been some time since Australians had been able to travel freely to the eternal city because of the pandemic and thanked all of the delegates for coming to Rome to contribute to and be formed by the content of the World Meeting of Families.
She noted how at the heart of the Catholic faith were Catholic families, who in building up the family were nurturing young and old alike and strengthening society in many vital ways.
She said having the Abdallahs, a Sydney family who lost three children when they were hit by a car in 2020, as part of the Australian delegation and them having the opportunity to share their story with the Church and the world more broadly would send a powerful message of forgiveness.
Bishop Tarabay thanked Ms Porro for her words of encouragement and highlighted how the family truly is a vocation and path to holiness.
Find out more about the World Meeting of Families at: www.family.catholic.org.au.
Families meet ambassador on eve of Rome meeting (ACBC Media Blog)