Members of the NeoCatechumenal Way at St Clare's travelled to Rome earlier this month to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Way.
The trip also included a day in Assisi, home to St Clare and St Francis. Pictured above is our group, together with some members of the families who hosted them in Rome, on the steps of St Clare's Basilica in Assisi.
The highlight of the trip was a meeting with the Holy Father on Saturday 5th May. Pope Francis greeted and addressed the 150,000 people present and encouraged them to go out to others, sharing in the urgent work of evangelisation. He also commissioned a number of people to go out on mission to different parts of the world, where they will live as a sign of Christ's presence and love, drawing others closer to Him.
The pilgrimage also included opportunities for sightseeing, socialising and prayer - above, the young people, seated on the steps of the Pope's Cathedral (St John Lateran), prepare to celebrate morning prayer. They were hosted by families from the NeoCatechumenal communities in Rome, so it gave a good opportunity to mix and get an experience of the universality of the Church. Fr Andrew joined them for teh last part of the visit to Rome and for their day trip to Assisi - here he is, in the town of St Francis, showing his Franciscan side...