A great gift: 50 years of love and compassion. A celebration in London with Mons. Vincenzo Paglia

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

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On 13th February 2018, we celebrated the 50 years anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Kensington. It was a great gift to be able to celebrate together in London: poor and rich, younger and older alike.

The thanksgiving prayer was led by Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, spiritual counsellor of the worldwide Community of Sant’Egidio, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the St. John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family.

The prayer was attended by members of the Community of Sant’Egidio in London, friends of Sant’Egidio, parishioners of the Carmelite church by which the Community is hosted, but also friends from “Our Cup of Tea” (the monthly dinner we organise for and with older people) and friends living in the streets. It was a celebration with more than 100 people.

Mons. Paglia stated how Sant’Egidio is like the good Samaritan, stopping to take care of the ill person he met in the street. He also prompted us that everyday we have a choice: we can care for others or we can decide not to care. Mons. Paglia also reminded us how caring for others is not a “duty” for Sant’Egidio: it is a gift, because it brings everyone happiness. Indeed, we experience there is more happiness i