2nd International Meeting for Rectors and staff of Shrines

05 September 2023



From 9 to 11 November 2023 the 2nd International Meeting for Shrine Rectors and staff will be held, entitled The Shrine: house of prayer. The meeting will be a continuation of the journey which began with the first International Meeting in 2018. This time there will be three days of activities involving numerous attendees, including Rectors and Shrine staff from all over the world. The meeting, which will also form part of the preparation for the Holy Year of 2025, will be held in the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican, and is organized by the Section for Fundamental Questions of Evangelization in the World of the Dicastery for Evangelisation.

The general program can be consulted on this site: www.evangelizatio.va  in several languages. The registration form can be accessed here: http://www.evangelizatio.va/content/pcpne/it/attivita/santuari/II_Incontro_Santuari_2023/Richiesta%20Biglietti.html



2nd International Meeting for Rectors and Sanctuary Operators


The Sanctuary: house of prayer

On the path to the Jubilee of 2025

9 – 11 November 2023


 Thursday 9 November 2023 – Paul VI Hall

3.00 pm Welcome

4.00pm Opening prayer

4.15pm Introduction

4.30pm Intercessory prayer

            Fr. Ermanno Barucco, OCD – Professor at the Pontifical Theological Faculty "Teresianum"

5.00pm Welcome and sending out of the pilgrims

         His Eminence Card. Angelo Comastri – Archpriest emeritus of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

5.30pm Coffee break

6.00 pm Concert by the choir “Le Dolci Note”



Friday 10 November 2023

8.30 Holy Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter's Basilica

        presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Paul VI Hall

10.00am Coffee break

10.30am The sinner's prayer

Fr Paul Brendan Murray, OP – Professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

11.30am How to pray through music and singing

            Monsignor Marco Frisina – Composer and Rector of the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

12.30pm Communal lunch


4.00pm Prayer in art

            David Lopez Ribes – Painter and winner of the 2012 Pontifical Academies Prize

4.45pm Popular prayer

            Fr. Daniel Cuesta Gómez, SJ – Youth and university ministry, Santiago de Compostela

5.30pm Coffee break

18.00pm Presentation of the project "Census of the Sanctuaries of the Ecclesiastical Regions of Italy" by Prof. Giustina Aceto - Lecturer at the Marianum Pontifical Theological Faculty, followed by discussion with the speakers


Saturday 11 November 2023 – Paul VI Hall

9.00am Shrines as a pathway towards the Jubilee of Hope

                 Archbishop Rino Fisichella – Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization

9.45am Prayer in International Shrines

         Testimonials from round the world

10.30am Coffee break

11.30am Audience with the Holy Father