Berlin, 06/10/2018

The Neocatechumenal Way has celebrated the anniversary of its 40 years of life in Berlin on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Today, Sunday 10, the book “Annotations” by the initiator and international manager of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, was presented as well as the prestigious Philharmonic at 8 pm (local time) the Symphonic-Catechetical Celebration “The Suffering of the Innocents”.

The Cardinal Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, has sent a message on behalf of Pope Francis on the occasion of this event.

Here is the text of the message:


To His Most Reverend Excellency
Mons. Dr. Heiner Koch
Archbishop of Berlin

Pope Francis has welcomed the news of the performance of the symphony “The suffering of innocents ”by Kiko Argüello, which will take place in Berlin, and greets all those who have come to this event to the Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic). Rooted in tradition and inspired by Biblical lamentation, this symphony commemorates the many victims of the Shoah.

The memory of the Shoah and its atrocious violence must never be forgotten. 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, and at the same time in a life dedicated to the suffering, the needy, and everyone who longs for salvation.

The Holy Father unites himself in this intent and from his heart invokes on all present the blessing of the merciful God.

My best wishes,

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of his Holiness