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"The beaty of family"


Serena and Luigi, a couple with three children who dream of marriage. Roberto and Maria Anselma, who lost their daughter Chiara, for whom the cause of beatification is underway. Paul and Germaine, a married couple who have managed to forgive each other. Pietro and Erika, who welcomed Iryna and Sofia, who fled the war in Ukraine. Zakia, widow of Ambassador Luca Attanasio, assassinated in Congo. And then the artists of II Volo, who will take the stage accompanied by parents, siblings, even a grandfather. Ordinary and extraordinary stories, the ones that will be told to Pope Francis during the Festival of Families that will kick off the 10th World Meeting of Families. On Wednesday, starting at 6.15 p.m., in the Paul VI Hall, "The beauty of family" is in fact scheduled to be broadcast live on Rai Uno, presented during a press briefing this morning (Tuesday 21 June).

The festival wants to "emphasize the beauty of the Christian proposal of conjugal love, of being a family", explains Monsignor Walter Insero, director of the Social Communications Office of the diocese. To conduct it will be Amadeus and his wife Giovanna Civitillo. Accompanying them will be the notes of FORM - Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, and the voices of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, artists of II Volo. "All the artists and presenters are participating free of charge," emphasizes Monsignor Insero. "They have embraced the spirit of this initiative, they will not be compensated for this, but they are offering their talent and their presence for this Tenth World Meeting of Families, organized in a sober style. It was in fact decided to use this international event also to help families in difficulty. "These are some works that are a sign Caritas in the diocese of Rome, through which mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children are helped," the priest recalls, "The House of the Immaculate Conception, which welcomes and takes care of single mothers; the diocesan Consultatory Al Quadraro, which supports wounded families in crisis; the Empori della Solidarietà, free supermarkets for the most needy; and Casa Wanda for Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones.

Families in need in Rome and beyond. During the Festival, there will in fact be a connection with some families in Kiev and with Father Pedro Zafra, of Spanish origin who for years has been residing in the Ukrainian capital, where he has always remained, even in these last months of conflict.

Also speaking during the festival will be Francesco Beltrame Quattrocchi, grandson of Luigi and Maria, the blessed married couple, patrons of the 10th World Meeting of Families. They are the first married couple beatified by the Catholic Church, but theirs is a story of true family holiness: of their four children, three chose the consecrated life, and the fourth, Enrichetta, was declared venerable by Pope Francis. It was she who adopted Francesco, now a professor at the University of Genoa. He will be accompanied by Gilberto Grossi, a neurosurgeon, who had a miraculous recovery thanks to the intercession of Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi. In some way, they too will be present in the Paul VI Hall: there will be a reliquary containing their engagement ring, a Marian image very dear to Luigi, the Gospel that the two read together, and bone fragments of the blessed. It will remain in the Hall during the days of the international meeting, as will another reliquary, containing two bones of the blessed, which will instead be placed in St Peter's Basilica, right next to the altar.

"The family is the absolute representation of the sacred," comments Gianluca Ginoble of II Volo. Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble echo him: “Family is something superlative, which touches the deepest chords of each of us. We are honoured to be able to participate with our families”.

Wednesday evening will end with the hymn of the 10th World Meeting of Families, "We believe in love", composed by Monsignor Marco Frisina and performed by the Choir of the Diocese of Rome. "The hymn," he recalls, "was born two years ago, because the pandemic blocked and confused the times. The refrain was deliberately chosen as a slogan. We believe in love; we believe in life and we want to walk with God. In the stanzas, in several languages, there are a bit of all the big themes that will be touched upon in these days.”