Because of the 400 years of the Vincentian charism – recently celebrated with the jubilee that gathered in Rome at the International Symposium to representatives of the numerous Vincentian Family Worldwide – the realization of the project “We cultivate integration: flowers and fruits in the land of asylum” was possible, thanks to the synergy between the Vincentian Family, the Social Cooperative Society “Tre Fontane”, the non-profit association Linaria and Mrs. Margherita Grasselli. The motto of the Jubilee: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Mt 25, 35) has in this initiative a concrete example of what it truly means to welcome.
The project consists in the improvement and development of approximately two hectares of uncultivated land, property of the Congregation of the Mission in Rome, in Via dei Capasso 30, in which special botanical varieties will be cultivated, which can respond to a market so far little known, but surely expanding. It will allow to qualify the professional skills of a group of asylum seekers and holders of international and humanitarian protection, who reside regularly in Rome, with the aim of their social and labor insertion in the city. An initiative that is, at the same time, an experiment due to its evident social, economic and environmental impact, with the potential to become a replicable pilot project in other national urban realities.
Are you searching for a way to grow in faith while helping others? Then tune into the new television series, “Our Faith in Action: Today’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul,” which premieres Sunday, March 4 on EWTN. (Click here to find the EWTN channel in your zip code. Click here to view the program schedule.)
“The TV show is great for highlighting the Society’s name, brand and some of our special works,” said SVdP National President Ralph Middlecamp. “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul puts an emphasis on growing in faith through doing good works. We hope that television viewers who see ‘Our Faith in Action’ will feel we have answered their need for how they can put their own faith into action and will be moved to join the Society in their communities.”
The 10-episode series airs 6:30 a.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET Sundays, beginning March 4, and 6 p.m. ET, Saturdays, beginning March 10.
Pope Francis, during a meeting with journalists a few days after his election, commenting on the election of his name, said the following: “How I would like a poor Church and for the poor!”. In this spirit, “walking towards a poor Church and for the poor”, in full harmony with the Vincentian Charism, the 400th of which the Vincentian Worldwide Family has just celebrated, the Leonian Apostolic College in Rome organized “Thursdays at the Leonian”, a cycle of meetings, from January to May, open to all, sponsored by the Vincentian Family.
On January 11 the cycle of meetings began with Professor Rosanna Virgili, biblicalist, who spoke about a sentence taken from the First Letter of Saint John: ” My Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth” (1 Jn 3:18).
On February 15, at the beginning of Lent, the theme of the meeting will be: “The Vocation to Follow Jesus Poor,” which will be presented by Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Great Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II.
The following month, on March 8, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will comment on a phrase from Psalm 33 (34): “When the poor cry, the Lord hears it.”
At the time of Easter, Bishop Monsignor Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, to whom the Pope entrusted the pastoral care of Shrines, will offer on April 19 a meditation on the sentence of Saint John Chrysostom: “If you want to honor the body of God, do not despise him when he is naked.”
On May 3, closing the cycle of meetings, Mr. Luigino Bruni, editor of Avvenire and professor of LUMSA, will address the theme: “The Our Father: the prayer of the poor.”
The meetings will be held at 6.30 pm, at the Leonian Apostolic College, on via Pompeo Magno 21. For more information, contact:
Father Valerio, tel. 06/328021 – email: email@example.com.
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Beginning on 1 February, 2018, the Italian, Elena Grazini, will be responsible for the press office of the Vincentian Family.
Elena Grazini, a journalist with a multi-year specialization in the management of press offices and, in particular, those in the ecclesial field, will be responsible for the press office and public relations of the Vincentian Family throughout the world.
“I am very grateful to the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family for giving me the opportunity to put my professional services to use for the international Vincentian organizations.” – says Elena Grazini – “I will make my own the great commitment of the “globalization of charity” through my role in communications. I would like to be a “window on the world” for the Vincentians. This is why I ask all the members of the Vincentian Family to commit with me to this journey that we will make together.”
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