By Filipe Domingues
The Lay Centre‘s residents were happy to welcome Msgr Nicola Filippi for our Wednesday community evening, 28 October. He is the secretary of the cardinal vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, and for this reason he knows very well the local Church of Rome. He presided Mass and talked with students over dinner about the characteristics of the diocese, since its historic foundation. The Church of Rome is intrinsically based on the presence and the martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
This year, Msgr Filippi highlighted the pastoral work the diocese has been doing with young families, aiming to support them in their faith in a more effective way. Most Romans identify theiselves as Catholics, but only about 10 per cent of the population goes to Mass every Sunday. Still, most people go to Church for the sacraments of matrimony and baptism. Therefore, for the diocese, the preparation of young couples for marriage and for the baptisim of their children are considered crucial opportunities to show the Church’s presence in their lives. Accompanying them after they receive these sacraments is very important as well.
For the Jubilee Year of Mercy, called by Pope Francis, Msgr Filippi emphasized the work that has been done in the diocese in the formation of parish priests and pastoral agents. He said the diocese is encouraging them to take a practical approach through prayer and charity.
Photo: Kyle Burkhart