Rimini volunteers bring meeting's message to their work
By David Kerr
Canadian volunteers Giacomo, Francesca and Marc (L to R) at the 2012 Rimini Meeting.
Canadian volunteers Giacomo, Francesca and Marc (L to R) at the 2012 Rimini Meeting.

.- Three young Canadians all give one reason for volunteering at this year’s Rimini Meeting – they encounter Jesus Christ through their involvement with the lay Catholic group Communion and Liberation.

“What I really remember of my first encounter with Communion and Liberation was that I had never met people – Catholic or non-Catholic – who were so alive, so free, and so fascinated by reality,” Francesca Silano, 24, told CNA in an Aug. 23 interview.

Standing on either side of her were 25-year-old Giacomo Zucchi and 22-year-old Marc Charabati, both from Montreal and both with an identical experience of the movement that was founded in the 1950s by the late Father Luigi Giussani.

 “For me it’s been the way through which Christ revealed himself to me, in a sense, became present in my life,” said Zucchi, a law student at the University of Montreal. Zucchi said he belongs to the movement because it’s where he sees Jesus “more clearly” and where he is “helped to see him more clearly everywhere else in my life.”

“It also introduced me to this unity between faith and the rest of your life,” Charabati remarked, after listening to his two friends.

The three Canadian volunteers are just three of the 4,000 volunteers who make the Rimini Meeting possible.

This year’s event has drawn over 800,000 visitors from more than 20 countries to visit the Rimini Fiera Conference Center. Attendees are able to enjoy seminars, guest speakers, exhibitions, cinema, theatre, music and sporting events.  The overarching theme explored throughout has been “By Nature, Man is in Relation to the Infinite.”

The Canadians’ task for the week has been to work in one of the many food outlets that cater to visitors. In return, they have to pay for their own travel and lodgings.

But despite the seemingly unfair trade, they firmly believe they got a good deal.

“The theme of the meeting becomes like this question that you carry with you when you go to work every day,” Silano related.

 “So it has become a really fascinating dialogue, even with the tiredness and the fact that you are burning hot, that means you finish the day and find yourself so happy.”

“Yeah, working with everybody had been very simple and very beautiful,” added Charabati. “As Francesca said, you may feel completely dead, completely tired, and yet there is still this possibility to experience how beautiful all this is in a very different way.”

Tags: Catholic faith

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: