Main Arena afternoon programme

The Family as a Key to Peace in a Turbulent World.

Credit video: EWTN

H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria.
Theme: The Family as a Key to Peace in a Turbulent World. - Text available for download in ITALIAN - ENGLISH

Family Arena MC: Noirín Lynch 
Theme: Christian Families from Troubled Parts of Our World.

•   Fr Liam Lawton, Ireland 
•   Zaitoun Family, Syria 
•   Fr Michael Shields, Aid to the Church in Need, USA


H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria

H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari was born on January 5th 1946 at Villafranca, Italy. He completed his classical studies in Verona, then attended the “Istituto Teologico S. Zeno”. In 1970 he was ordained priest of the Diocese of Verona, where he worked as curate from 1970 to 1976. He attended the “Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica” in Rome and graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Canon Law in 1980. He served as Counselor of the Nunciatures of Senegal, Liberia, Colombia, Germany, and Romania (1980-1994) and represented the Holy See at the International Organizations in Vienna (1994-99). In 1999 he was ordained Bishop in the Cathedral of Verona by Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State, becoming Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger (1999-2004) and Sri Lanka (2004-2008). He has been Nuncio to Syria since 2008. In 2016 he was appointed Cardinal.

Fr Michael Shields, Aid to the Church in Need, USA

Fr. Michael Shields has been a priest for 36 years. He was ordained in Alaska but now ministers in Magadan, Far East Siberia, at a mission parish of 150 Russian Catholics. The Church of the Nativity at Magadan in the Russian Far East serves Roman Catholics, many of whom survived Joseph Stalin's forced labour camps. Today the church stands both as a monument to the millions who died or suffered in the camps and as a source of inspiration for the local population. The church was built largely through the efforts of Father Michael who came to Magadan in 1994 specifically to care for those who had suffered in the camps. The central part of the structure was completed in 2002, just in time for Christmas mass to be celebrated. Work on the interior continued in 2003 leading to the church's consecration by Bishop Kirill Klimovich of Irkutsk in 2004

Fr Liam Lawton, Ireland


Zaitoun Family, Syria 


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