On Sunday 31 May, on the anniversary of the Patroness of Albania, more than five hundred Albanian Catholics gathered at the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio in Genazzano, near Rome. After the Ottoman invasion of Scutari in the 1467, the image of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio was in fact taken to the Lazio town.
The initiative was promoted by Don Pasquale Ferraro, national pastoral coordinator for the Albanians in Italy and by the Migrantes offices of the dioceses of the province of Rome.
The Holy Mass, accompanied by songs, was celebrated in Albanian by the archbishop of Scutari S.
And Mons. Angelo Massafra.
“The aim is to promote within the Albanian Catholic community immigrated to our dioceses a greater awareness of their religious identity and of their ecclesial belonging. But beyond this, the initiative also wanted to offer an opportunity for aggregation and fraternal sharing of their migration experience ”.
In the afternoon, the feast of pilgrims was accompanied by the musical band "Ensemble Musicale Aquila" with traditional Albanian music and folklore.
During the day, as part of the program (EIF) - fund for social and linguistic integration for third countries, The Association of the Albanian Community in Italy "Besa ”Presented and shared with the compatriots present the program PRISL Lazio (Regional Plan for Linguistic and Social Integration of Foreigners in Lazio), promoted by the Regional Directorate of Lazio, Ministry of the Interior and the European Union.
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