07 February 2018

Returning to the sources of faith

A group of collaborators of the Holy See, led by H.E. Monsignor Piero Marini, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to return to the sources of faith.

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In Jerusalem, the first weekend of February was sunny and it felt like spring. The flow of pilgrims visiting the sanctuaries included a group of collaborators of the Holy See, led by H.E. Mons. Piero Marini who has a long and special connection with the Holy Land.

H. E. Mons. PIERO MARINI
President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
"Faith teaches us these interconnections: the relationships with the Gospel. Every believer has a different connection with these places. Since I was a master of celebrations, I have always organized trips to rediscover our faith. Sometimes it is necessary to return to the sources of one's faith.”

Fr. JUAN JAVIER FLORES ARCAS
Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm - Rome
"Every occasion is new to find new aspects, to discover different places and new sensations: every time you come to the Land of the Lord you discover something new. Here, everything speaks.”

Each pilgrim brings his life story that leads them to live an experience with the Holy Land.

Fr. GIUSEPPE LIBERTO
Master Emeritus of the Sistine Music Chapel
"I associate it with the celebration. We, during the liturgical year, celebrate the mysteries of Christ, which took place in these places. It is great to re-experience these celebrated mysteries in those places where they took place. That is why I like to call these celebrations: 'singing pilgrimages'.”

Another aspect that requires attention are variations in the forms of expression of faith.

"I would like to emphasize the ecumenism that we experience here, the presence of so many peoples who believe in Christ, whose faith has slight variations in Christ. For me it is a real joy and it increases my faith.”

Visiting the Holy Land is always a very special experience, for those who come here for the first time and for those who return.

"A very intense experience. It allows you to retrace the most important events in Christ's life. We hope to return.”

"I worked 20 years in the Propaganda Fide. Seeing that faith has truly been propagated is a joy. It was truly a gift to come to the Holy Land. "

Padre EDUARDO LÓPEZ TELLO GARCÍA OSB
Dean Faculty of Theology - Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm - Rome
"This was my first time here. I am a professor of Christology at St. Anselm. My experience here is seeing faith and having a true connection with it. On my return to Rome, I will explain to my students how man really welcomes God and how God welcomes man: this was my experience.”

Fr. VITTORE BOCCARDI, S.S.S
Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
"Coming to Jerusalem and returning to the Holy Land, as always, means returning to the roots of faith. Furthermore, Jerusalem is always an extraordinary experience. In this place, there is an overlap of faith, an overlap of peoples. It gives us hope for the future.”

Mons. Piero Marini was a master of papal liturgical celebrations from 1987 to 2007: 18 years working alongside Pope John Paul II. There are several indelible events, in particular the journey to the Holy Land during the great Jubilee in 2000.

H. E. Mons. PIERO MARINI
President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
"Some memories are unforgettable. One of the most beautiful memories was that of the mass celebrated in the Cenacle. I also remember the gesture of John Paul II when he placed his note in the Wailing Wall. I recall the celebration in the square, in Bethlehem, which witnessed a great public participation. These are the memories that come to my mind right now. It was a truly rich and important journey also for my life of faith, which taught me a lot. I will certainly come back.”