Pope Francis visited the community of the Cenacle yesterday, December 8, 2021, where he was received by some 25 brothers and sisters of the Good Samaritan fraternity, present in Rome, and some fraternities scattered throughout Italy, joined by families who were born in the community and people assisted regularly. This was reported by Mateo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office, through a statement.
After watching a film on the life of Saint Joseph, made by the young guests of the two fraternities of Medjugorje, and listening to some of the stories of welcome and rebirth lived by the members of the Community, the Holy Father had words of gratitude to the Cenacle Community and encouraged them on the journey of these young people: “Do not be afraid of reality, of the truth, of our miseries. Do not be afraid because Jesus likes reality as it is, not with makeup; the Lord does not like people who make up their souls, who invent their hearts “and added:” Help many young people who are in situations like yours. ” Lastly, the Bishop of Rome exhorted: “Have the courage to say: ‘Think that there is a better way'”.
In the same way, when visiting the headquarters of the fraternity, the Pontiff personally greeted those present and stopped in particular to bless the chapel, built by the members themselves from recycled objects, which represents the renewal of the life of each person within the Cenacle Community.
Finally, Francis prayed together with all the prayer dedicated to Saint Joseph and contained in the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, entrusting the world and the Church to the protection of the Saint, and thus concluding the Year dedicated to him.
According to Vatican News, the Cenacle Community is a Christian association that welcomes lost, dissatisfied, disillusioned, and desperate young people who want to find themselves again, find joy and meaning in life. It was founded in July 1983 thanks to the intuition of a woman, Sister Elvira Petrozzi, who wanted to donate her own life in favor of addicts and misguided youth. The main headquarters of the Community is in Saluzzo, in Italy.