Rome, Italy—The Pauline Family celebrated the closing ceremonies of its 100 years of foundation (1914–2014) on November 27 in Rome, Italy.
Members of the Pauline Family from all over the world gathered in the Vatican to culminate their centenial anniversary. An audience with Pope Francis opened the half-day celebration at noontime. Around 7,000 members of the Pauline Family from across the globe filled the Pope Paul VI Hall. The ten congregations and institutes comprising the Pauline Family presented various song and dance numbers in the hall before the Pope arrived.
Fr. Celso Godilano, SSP, the Vicar General, introduced the Pauline Family to the Pope.
In his message, Pope Francis stressed the importance of evangelization, which is at the core of the very charism envisioned by the founder, Blessed James Alberione. The Pope urged every Pauline toward personal renewal and greater apostolic zeal in fulfilling their mission of communicating the Word to God’s people. The audience ended with the Pope personally giving his apostolic blessing to all and then meeting the various superiors of the congregations.
At five o'clock in the afternoon, the closing Mass of the centenary started and was presided by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Hundreds of priests concelebrated with the Cardinal as the Paulines filled the Basilica of Regina Apostlorum.
A pilgrimage to revered sites in the Pauline Family’s history also took place in the days leading to the closing celebration.