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Vatican meeting for circus workers

The 7th International Congress for the Pastoral Care of Circus and Fairs professionals is studying how parishes can give support the faithful who work in the entertainment world.

The congress, organized by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, began on Monday. About 100 people, including bishops, are attending the meeting, whose theme is "Reception of Professionals of the Circus and Fairs: From Diversity to Coexistence of Differences."

The participants are scheduled for an audience with John Paul II tomorrow.

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto (pictured), secretary of the pontifical council, explained Saturday on Vatican Radio that the congress proposes to study "the type of reception that the local Church, the Catholic community, and the parish can offer these people who are passing through, in constant change."

This reception "must be able to appreciate the values that characterize these people and try to facilitate coexistence among the different cultures, religions, as well as mentalities and customs," he said.

The prelate cited the example of four nuns in the United States who accompany circuses. "They live in the caravans and create with their presence a community of prayer," he said. "The presence of the nuns naturally facilitates the chaplains' ministry."

Zenit (13/12/03)

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Travellers

Vatican officials say migration brings opportunities for Catholics (CathNews 21/11/03)

As the World Migrates Catholic Online (21/6/04)

14 Dec 2004