In a video message, Pope Francis greets Caritas Argentina members as they continue the synodal process of “La Caminata” (The Journey), undertaken every three years.
By Vatican News reporter
Pope Francis sent a video message to volunteers from all Caritas organizations – parish, diocesan and national – in Argentina, spiritually joining in the launch of the community stage of “La Caminata 2021”.
The initiative is organized within the framework of a process of institutional renewal which takes place every three years and which, as its promoters explain in a press release, “is an experience that sets us in motion” and serves as a means. of community discernment.
greetings from the pope
In his video message sent on Wednesday, the Holy Father greets all the participants of La Caminata which he describes as a synodal process. The 2021 trip, he says, is “an experience of going ‘outward’, listening to one another and discerning how to love and serve in more tangible ways depending on time and circumstances. And especially by seeing the signs of the times and places.
He concluded his brief message with best wishes for the participants, saying, “May the Lord accompany you on your journey, and please don’t forget to pray for me.
Two stages of La Caminata
Caritas Argentina explains that La Caminata takes place in two stages.
The first consists of a pilgrimage of images of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Joseph with the Child Jesus through each region and each diocese. As they travel through the different towns and communities, the images awaken “the joy and hope that arise from popular faith which is expressed and becomes gesture and commitment”. The images are currently traveling through the Argentinian littoral region.
The second step involves a pastoral discernment within each community, which leads to proposals and initiatives “which help us to identify the signs that God is awakening in each place and to continue to deepen more and more the pastoral orientations for Charity of the Church ”.
All invited to participate
“This synodal process unites us with the whole Church in Argentina, with the Church in Latin America (and its process of Ecclesial Assembly) and with the universal Church,” says Caritas Argentina.
The organization recalls that all its members – “each chapel, parish, regional, diocesan or national team – are invited to participate in the process”.