The Neocatechumenal Way celebrated its 40th anniversary on June 9 and 10 in Berlin. Among the events marking this anniversary were: A Eucharist celebrated in thanksgiving, the presentation of the book entitles Annotations by Kiko Argüello, and a Symphonic-Catechetical celebration entitled “The Suffering of the Innocents”, composed by Kiko Argüello held at the Berlin Philharmonic. In the symphony, victims of the Shoah are commemorated. Following the performance, Pope Francis’ message on the occasion of the symphony sent through the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro-Parolin to Archbishop Heiner Koch, Archbishop of Berlin was read.
Pope Francis' message
In a message signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis conveys his joy for the symphony entitled “The Suffering of the Innocents”, composed by Kiko Argüello. “Rooted in and inspired by the Biblical lamentation, this symphony commemorates the many victims of the Shoah,” the message says. The memory of the Shoah and its atrocious violence must never be forgotten. Instead, the message states, “it should be a constant warning for all of us of an obligation to reconciliation, of reciprocal comprehension and love toward our ‘elder brothers’, the Jews”. The message concludes saying that “the Holy Father unites himself in this intent and from his heart invokes on all present the blessing of the merciful God”.