The following is a report trip to Rome in which the Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services led a contingent from the Cloyne Diocese:
On Monday 30th November 2017, 10 people from across the Diocese of Cloyne joined with 180 people from around Ireland in Rome to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pope John Paul II Award. It was a hectic 4 days with so much to fit into the schedule. We visited the Irish College where we received a warm welcome from the Rector: Msgr Ciaran O’Carroll.
We visited the Basilica of St John Lateran, St Peter’s Basilica, the tomb of Saint John Paul II, the tomb of St Paul, the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. Some of the group attended a conference in the Auditorium John Paul II in the Pontifical Urban University where Msgr Geno R Sylva spoke to us about his role in promoting the New Evangelisation. This session was facilitated by Baroness Nuala O’Loan. While the trip was action packed it was a great opportunity to meet other award leaders and co-ordinators involved in the Pope John Paul II Award from other Dioceses.
We were very fortunate to get to meet the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See Emma Madigan who came to San Bartolomeo all’Isola to meet the group. There she was treated to some Irish music performed by some of the Pope John Paul II participants.