This spring, Pope Francis invited Catholics to join him in Rome this for a few days of Pentecost celebrations to mark the golden anniversary of a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church through the Charismatic Renewal. It was a blessing to be present for this event with many from the CCR in Toronto. I was especially touched by God during the Pentecost vigil with Pope Francis’ heart for Christian unity, and sensed that he has been chosen and called to this work by God and that we as Christians must make every effort to reconcile and work together so that our evangelizing efforts will be most effective.
Since we were already in Italy, why not see some great sights as well?
Our group headed out to St. Maria Goretti’s home and basilica, then to Monte Casino (the original monastery of the St Benedict), San Giovanni Rotondo (the home of St. Padre Pio), Lanciano (a Eucharistic miracle from the 8th century) and Assisi (the home of St. Francis and St Claire). I believe it was deeply moving for all.
Enjoy some photos taken on the trip: