EUROPE/ITALY – First Regional Gathering of foreign priests: “not simple stopgaps to compensate for the lack of Italian priests”

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EUROPE/ITALY – First Regional Gathering of international clergymen: “not easy stopgaps to compensate for the dearth of Italian clergymen”

Monday, 2 October 2023

Rome (Agenzia Fides) – At the moment, Monday, October 2, the First Regional Gathering of international clergymen who perform pastoral service within the dioceses of Lazio happened.
The assembly, which is a part of the missionary month of October, centered on the theme: “Missionary cooperation within the Lazio area” and noticed the participation of greater than 200 international clergymen and spiritual working in all dioceses within the area.

“Monks who go away their Church of origin to hold out pastoral service in our parish communities aren’t easy stopgaps to compensate for the dearth of Italian clergymen”, declared the Bishop of Albano Vincenzo Viva, President of the Fee.
“Non-Italian clergymen concerned in our communities – he defined in a letter addressed to the members of the Lazio Episcopal Convention and the administrators of the Diocesan Places of work for Missionary Cooperation (Cmd) of the dioceses of Lazio – are bearers of a particular ecclesial tradition and expertise, which should be valued, and on the identical time they have to be supported of their identification and their mission, reviving the motivations for his or her presence within the Italian dioceses”.

The gathering, which happened within the Aula Magna of the Pontifical City School of Rome, was promoted by Missio Lazio – Regional Fee for the Evangelization of Peoples and Missionary Cooperation. Monsignor Vincenzo Viva, Bishop of Albano, Monsignor Emilio Nappa, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Father Giulio Albanese, Comboni priest, director of Missio Roma and Father Denise Malonda, director of Missio Tivoli participated. (Agenzia Fides, 2/10/2023)



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