Memories of the World Meeting of Families in Milan

11 June 2012
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11 June 2012, Comments: 0

This compilation of clips captured during the World Meeting of Families in Milan offers an insight into the experience of the English and Welsh delegation who took part. We have also invited those who attended to contribute their own personal highlights:

The insights from speakers too many to count and the rapturous applause of enthusiastic faith filled families but for sure Cardinal O Malley’s speech on the importance of the Sabbath was truly inspiring and uplifting. I was deeply moved by and proud of the testimony of Clive and Kathy Jones of Retrouvaille and their work in supporting spouses striving in grace to rescue and restore their marriages. The incredible privlege of being a guest at the concert in honour of the Pope at La Scala was beyond words especially finding oneself so physically close to the Successor of St Peter. This for me crowned a four day experience of encounters and networking with joy and fellowship that were not by chance but all in Gods plan as is the life and times of families the world over.”
 Edmund Adamus.

“Though I tried to capture the event as even-handedly as possible for all my colleagues who couldnt be there, my own personal highlights were a) mixing with Catholics from all over the world who have a passion for families, b) the congress anthem – which has lodged itself resolutely in my head, well done to the composer, c) the helpfulness, generosity and patience of the volunteer workforce – hopefully there were no repurcussions for giving official delegates the cardinals’ lunch on day one :-), d) the repeated emphaisis on gratuitousness and relational communio in the main presentations (very encouraging but must check the final English translations in case the simultaneous translators went awry), e) the opportunity to meet up with Irish, South African and North American colleagues, f) the sublime music of Beethoven’s 9th in La Scala followed by His Holiness popping up right in front of us (the film captures our surprise and delight)!!  I could go on and on… it was a magnificent experience and there is still much to do, meditating on the Pope’s words and the contributions of the speakers. Looking forward now to Philadelphia in 2015….”
Elizabeth Davies    


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