CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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World’s largest cultural festival dwells on certainty

  RIMINI (SE) : It is estimated that the Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples held in northern Italy attracted over 800,000 participants from 38 different countries between August 21 to 27 for its annual gathering organised on the basis that culture expresses itself through experience.

Running under the theme, And existence becomes an immense certainty, the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, said, “Today more than ever, we Christians are called to give reason for the hope that is in us, to witness in the world that other without which everything remains incomprehensible.”

The cardinal continued, “But for this to happen, we must be reborn as Jesus said to Nicodemus, to allow ourselves to be regenerated by the sacraments and prayer, to rediscover in them the bedrock of all authentic certainty.”

A 2005 directory on International Associations of the Faithful, issued by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, notes, “The essence of the Communion and Liberation charism is the proclamation that God became man; in affirming that this man—Jesus of Nazareth, who died and rose again—is a present event, whose visible sign is communion, that is to say, the unity of people led by a living person, the bishop of Rome, in the awareness that it is only in God-made-man, and hence within the life of the Church, that man is more true and humanity is truly more human.”

The annual gathering began in 1980 on the theory put forward by Father Luigi Giussani, the founder of the Communion and Liberation Movement. 

He described it as a bet on the passion that people have within their own hearts for beauty, truth and justice.

Father Guissanio described the annual Rimini event as calling on the elementary experience of every person to find common ground for encounter and dialogue.

Rimini was born out of the desire on the part of a few Christian friends to share their experience by bringing to Rimini everything good and beautiful that is present in their cultures.

Billed as the largest cultural event in the world, Rimini happens in seven days and is driven by the desire of the participants to discover the beauty of reality.

Organisers call it an experience where peace, socialisation and friendship among peoples may be established. “These encounters are born out of people who share a tension towards what is true, good and beautiful,” an official statement says.

Attended each year by political leaders, managers, representatives of different religions and cultures, intellectuals and artists, athletes and protagonists of the world scene, it offers stories of the lives of men and women through conferences, socialising, exhibitions, shows, drama and sporting events.

 

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