A year has already passed since the arrival of Pope Francis in Nomadelfia and in Loppiano.
Along an itinerary of rediscovery of some great figures of Italian priests, uncomfortable results during their earthly existence, the Holy Father he came to the small Nomadelfia to pay homage to Don Zeno. The "law of fraternity", as he had tweeted, is to experience the paternity of God which commits us to recognize each other as brothers. For this law of fraternity Don Zeno spent his whole life, so that human relations could be transformed into relationships of brothers, of men who recognize the face of Christ in the other. A different society is born, a new people. Pope Francis met this.
And from Nomadelfia the invitation to universal fraternity for a world on a human scale resounded strongly. Beyond the name, Nomadelfia is a "prophetic reality" because it anticipates a better world for man. Better not because the Nomadelfi are special people or better than others, but because they try to put the Gospel at the base of interpersonal relationships. And therefore every man is important, both the newborn and the elderly. There can be no future for man if there is no attention for all humanity and for all human existence. Don Zeno reminded us that even one man who is mistreated in his humanity condemns us all. The words and gestures of the Pope brought Nomadelfia to the world. What did it mean and what does it mean one year later?
In a world that quickly consumes positive and negative emotions, for many it was only a space of hope. For others it was an opportunity to ask questions about the meaning of life ... And for us? We we feel a strong commitment to give truth to the words of Pope Francis, not to be praised by men, but because we feel we are the little guardians of a great proposal. We do not have the communicative power of the great means of communication, nor the commercial propaganda capacity, but we are convinced of the diffusive force of the good. The good does not normally make headlines, but its communicative power touches the heart of man.
Pope Francis touched the heart of Nomadelfia and we want to bring everyone this good news: on the Gospel we can live a good and beautiful life. We will try to bring this experience where possible, but whoever wants can come and see and touch it. Beyond our many flaws and errors, we are a small laboratory of God in which we touch our fraternity. A year has passed, but we have not forgotten. Our gratitude is always alive towards Pope Francis. Thank you.