Pope Francis, in the meeting with journalists a few days after his election, about the choice of his name, said “ How I would like a church that is poor and for the poor!”. With this spirit, “to walk towards a Church poor and for the poor”, in full harmony with the Vincentian Charism – of which the Worldwide Vincentian Family celebrated the 400th anniversary of its foundation –, the Leonean Apostolic College in Rome organizes “The Leonean Thursday “, A series of meetings, from January to May, open to all, promoted by the Vincentian Family.
On 11 January the cycle of meetings began with the biblical scholar, Prof. Rosanna Virgili, who spoke on the sentence taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18).
In February, at the beginning of Lent, the meeting had as its theme “The vocation to follow poor Jesus” and was held by bishop Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II.