Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 1st: the Congress Ends, The Pope Arrives

Tomorrow at 17 the arrival of the Pontiff, who will greet the city in Piazza del Duomo and attend a concert at La Scala. In the evening there will be Eucharistic Adoration in the Duomo. In the morning and early afternoon the last speaking events of the International Congress will take place in, the MICO Milan City Fair and at other venues in Milan.

Countdown to the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI. Milan and the pilgrims of the VII World Meeting of Families are ready to welcome the Holy Father, who will arrive on June 1 at 17:00 at the Linate airport of Milan. The Pope will be welcomed by Cardinals Scola, Antonelli and Tettamanzi and by various authorities, including the Mayor of Milan, Pisapia, the Prefect of Milan, Lombardi, the President of the Province, Podestà and the President of the Lombardy Region, Formigoni.

The first meeting with the pilgrims will be at 17.30 in Piazza Duomo, in a welcome address. At 19.30 the Pope will reach the theater La Scala, where in his honor the conductor Daniel Barenboim will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: It will be a cultural occasion to speak to the world and families; to repeat in music the theme of the VII World Meeting of Families.

Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan, stressed: "Music is perhaps one of the most important elements of a celebration: there is no real party without music, without men and women mixing with melodies and songs that are capable of expressing their joys and melancholy, their hopes and sorrows."

After the concert, the Holy Father will address a greeting to those present before returning to the archiepiscopal palace, where he will stay during the entire period his stay in Milan.

For the faithful, the next appointment will be at 21.30 for Eucharistic Adoration, to be held in the Duomo and at the same time in various parishes. Eucharistic Adoration in the Duomo will be presided by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. To express solidarity and closeness to the victims of the earthquake, the Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the presence of bishops from the areas hardest hit by the earthquake: Roberto Busti, Bishop of Mantua, Antonio Lanfranchi, Bishop of Modena, Paolo Rabitti, Bishop of Ferrara and Francesco Cabina, Bishop of Carpi. Exposition of the Eucharist will be followed by three "pictures" inspired by the preparatory catechesis of the World Meeting: "The Secret of Nazareth", "Work a resource for the Family" and "Celebration a Time for the Lord." At the end a collection will be taken up for the earthquake victims.

The Theological-Pastoral Congress and the Youth Congress will conclude before the arrival of the Holy Father. The last day at the MICO Milan City Fair will start at 9.30, the reflections will be centered on celebration. In the plenary session chaired by Bishop Erminio De Scalzi, President of the Milan Family 2012 Foundation, Blanca Castilla, theologian and anthropologist who teaches at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Madrid, will speak about "The Family and Celebration between Anthropology and Faith." Subsequently, the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, will treat the topic of "Sanctifying the Celebration: the Family in the Lord's Day", drawing on his human and pastoral experience. The conclusions will be entrusted to Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In the afternoon, from 14.30, the Congress will go on the road with seven round tables planned in Milan.

In the Basilica of St. Ambrose, the prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi will be among the speakers on the theme "The Eucharist of the family in the Lord's Day", along with three couples from Poland, Colombia and Italy.

Sunday as a "Time of Communion and Mission" will be treated by the Unione del Commercio di corso Venezia, (a milanese small business institution) among others, by Msgr. Olinto Ballarini, a fidei donum priest from Milan in Zambia. The debate in the church of Sant’Antonio on "Adolescents and Young People between Celebration and Leisure" promises to be interesting. Psychoanalyst Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet and the writer Alessandro D’Avenia will speak. In the church of Santo Stefano, however, participants from different places (Lebanon, Benin, Congo and Ukraine) will share their testimony on "Family and Celebrations in Different Countries of the World." At the University, a study space will be devoted specifically to the delicate situation of families "with a wounded heart": separated, divorced and remarried civilly.

Finally at 16:00 the participants will gather in Piazza Duomo to await the arrival of the Holy Father.

As for all the other events of the VII Families World Meeting in Milan, the Pope's arrival at the airport of Linate will be broadcast live by Telenova news (channel 664 of Lombardy terrestrial digital and channel 662 of Pedemont terrestrial digital), by Radio Marconi and by Radio Mater. The event could also be followed by smartphone with the official application for Android Family 2012.
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