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ROCCO, newsletter for the Roman Catholic youth. In this issue nr. 9: On pilgrimage to Turin (on this site); Mary apparitions in Amsterdam now official!; His dog licks the bone wound of Saint Rocco.


From Rocco nr. 9:

On pilgrimage to Turin (Op bedevaart naar Turijn)


A report of the pilgrimage to the North of Italy by Tino Varesi. After checking the Shroud Varesi made a daytrip to Milan., were “old friends” at the Ambrosian Centre were visited.


The Ambrosian Centre was filled with joy when the timeless and surprising "novitŕ" of the official recognition of the Apparitions of Amsterdam arrived. Like Amsterdam the metropolis of Milan has to deal with the clashes of cultures with migrants. What the Church needs most, will come at the right time from heaven. The apparitions of the Mother of All Nations  fill the "space" between Christians and the Gentiles. Surpassing two of the three boundaries splitting up the two main monotheistic religions. But Our Lady of All Nations is  more than a joyful welcome that uplifted our spirit and heart. The Amsterdam apparition reminds us Roman Catholics that we have a belief that teach us to show care. As did Saint Martin of Tours. As Her son Jesus Himself learned us in Luke 10, starting from verse 25. to pity the poor immigrant.:


Luke wrote:

An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. "Rabbi," he asked, "what must I do to have eternal life?"

Jesus answered, "What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?"

The man replied, "The Scriptures say, `Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.' They also say, `Love your neighbours as much as you love yourself.' "

Jesus said, "You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life."


But the man who wanted to show off that he knew what he was talking about, asked Jesus, "Who are my neighbours?"

Jesus replied:

As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead.

A priest (rabbi) happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper [another representative of the Jewish  religion at that time in Palestine] came to the same place.

But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side.

A man from Samaria then came travelling along that road… 


Samaria, was the Philistine (Palestine) region between the Jewish dominated Judea and Galilee. In Jesus’ time there was much hostility between both, largely because of differences in race, religion, customs and politics.


We continue with Luke 10, verse 33, where that guy from Samaria came along that unconscious beat-up guy:

Jesus said:

When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with alcohol and olive oil and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to a hotel, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the hotel owner two silver coins (about 200 euro) and said, "Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return."

Then Jesus asked, "Which one of these three people was a real neighbour to the man who was beaten up by robbers?"

The teacher answered, "The one who showed pity."

Jesus said, "Go and do the same!"


As Our Lady of All Nations, Her son Jesus made a call to pity the poor immigrants joining our communities from all parts of the world. With different religions. For the first time in history people of all nations find themselves between us.


The messages delivered last year by the Archbishop of Milan as commissioner in the Papal "mission to gentles" seems to echo the Good News for Everyone in the messages of The Lady of All Nations. Her "mission to gentle" means to live a life in deep and humble gratitude for the gift of the belief that we received, with respect to the multitudes of other people that do not believe what we believe.


What Catholics and Muslims unite is their veneration for the Holy Virgin Mary. The Koran includes a whole chapter named after the Mother of Jesus: Sura Meryem. The prophet Mohamed called her “The best woman ever lived”. Such a saying also contributes to the title, given her in Amsterdam, making her the real “Mother of All Nations”. More than any of her titles, this title fits People on the Move. A Mother of All Nations is what the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People really needs .


Tino Varesi.

In Rocco nr. 9: On pilgrimage to Turin (Op bedevaart naar Turijn).

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