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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 13 JUL 2011 (VIS) - Speaking on Vatican Radio, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, announced a new pastoral initiative being promoted by his dicastery. The initiative has the name of "Metropolis Mission" and will begin in Lent 2012.

  Archbishop Fisichella explained that the scheme is the result of a meeting which took place in the Vatican on 11 July with European cardinals and archbishops of Barcelona, Budapest, Brussels, Dublin, Cologne, Lisbon, Liverpool, Paris, Turin, Vienna and Warsaw.

  The new initiative, which will initially involve only large European cities, is divided into two phases: firstly, ordinary pastoral care activities particularly in the field of formation, and secondly, during Lent 2012, "the simultaneous implementation of these activities" in the aforementioned European cities.

  "This is an initial response to the request made by the Pope during our first plenary meeting, to overcome division and to show signs of unity", said the archbishop.

  During the 11 July meeting with European cardinals and archbishops, emphasis was given "to the fact that the 'Metropolis Mission' should be a concrete message sent by the great cities - the great dioceses - of Europe to the Synod of Bishops of 2012, which has new evangelisation as its theme".
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