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A franciscan mission in Caivano-Naples

Between the 5th and the 16th of March we went to Naples for the popular mission: it was a marvelous time, and especially a time of grace, for us and for the three parishes which welcomed it. The mission took place in Caivano, a big village close to Naples, infamous for two reasons: first because of the illegal waste disposals which lie anywhere around the village, even the toxic ones; second because of the intense drug traffic which involves young people, teenagers and even kids.
All the missionaries (about 80 people) were accommodated in the families of the parishes, so we could taste the generosity of the citizen and seize the occasion to evangelize even in this context.
The schedule was full of appointments: all the days, in the three churches, there was adoration and the possibility of confession. In the evening there were different meetings, according to the age and the “situation” of the person (for teenagers, young people, for the couples and the divorced people) where the most expert missionaries announced and explained the kerigma.
In last evenings all the people were invited to join three important meetings: 1. The community confessions, which last until 2 o’clock in the night (!!!). 2. The most crowded via crucis in the last years through the streets of Caivano and in particular through the alleys of the so called Parco Verde, known to be a very dangerous place were people traffic drugs. 3. The spectacular musical about S. Francisco.
During the mornings and the afternoons other missionaries went around Caivano meeting all the families: knocking door by door we talked with them about Jesus and His good news. It was the most significant experience of all the days because in these meetings we could touched the cross of Christ in the real sufferings of the people. Thanks be to God.

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