(Jeanne Smits, Life Site News – october 2, 2019) Voice of the Family’s youth program entered its first of two days of intensive conferences in Rome on Tuesday, offering some 20 young people an opportunity to better know their Catholic faith and to make good choices for their futures in light of clear Catholic teaching.
Many of these young adults who have been together in Rome since Saturday to join the “Acies ordinata” event near St. Peter’s Basilica come from the United States, Great Britain and also farther afield: Italy, Germany, Philippines and elsewhere.
Selected by LifeSite, the British Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and the pro-life and pro-family Catholic joint organization Voice of the Family, they are devout Catholics looking for a way to serve the culture of life. As such, they are preparing and, more important, being prepared to become key players in coming years.
The talks that will continue until Wednesday evening are being held at the foot of one of the oldest Roman basilicas, Santa Balbina, which was erected in the sixth century over the former home of a second century martyr born to a rich Roman family living in a desirable part of the city, close to the location where some 80 years later the baths of Caracalla would be inaugurated.
The session has been titled “Made for heaven,” a reality that is very palpable in the complex where the talks are taking place because of that constant reminder of the possibility of martyrdom. Walking among ancient brick walls of which some parts date to the second century, young people from the New World are communing in one ancient faith.