A Festival full of witnesses and events

More than 100 guests at the 29 events of the main program. Central pole are the Columns of San Lorenzo, among other locations also San Vittore and the Catholic University

The red thread of Mission Festival of Milan (29 September – 2 October) will also connect the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, where the missionaries will take care of moments of spirituality, with the Basilica of Santo Stefano, where the exhibition “Missio Milano” will be set up for the days of the Festival; Palazzo Lombardia, for an exhibition and theatrical performances, with the conference room of the Diocesan Museum, which will host book presentations and a meeting on ethical fashion, and the church of San Giorgio, with workshops on restorative justice and Agenda 2030.

And piazza Vetra (behind the Basilica of San Lorenzo) will host the two events in which the largest attendance is expected: Saturday 1 October, at 9.30 pm, “Get up and #ViviPerDono”, to look forward to the World Youth Day in Lisbon, in 2023. “An evening – explain the organizers – that will alternate darkness and light, silence and music, in the presence of Archbishop Mario Delpini”. Sunday 2 October, at 5 pm, the final act of the Festival, where peace will be the motif that will accompany the music and testimonies of the “Missio contest – Peace concert”, with the presence of the artists Liza Miller and Anna Tchikovskaya, respectively Russian and ukraine.

On the opening day of the Festival, Thursday 29 September, Diego Cugia, alias Jack Folla, in connection with the Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki, will accompany on a journey between prison and redemption at «Ora aria» (7 pm). On the same evening, the journalist and writer Mario Calabresi and Don Luigi Ciotti will talk in the meeting «Frontiera mission: memory and justice» (9.30 pm).

On Friday 30 September, the president of the CEI, card. Matteo Zuppi, in the conference “Making life bloom – The Magdalene mission” (11 am), on the announcement of the Good news in a wounded world, while during the conference “Justice and gift” (6 pm), the minister of Justice, Marta Cartabia, will explore the theme of restorative justice paths with the criminologist Adolfo Ceretti and the chaplain of the women’s prison of Santiago de Chile, Nelly León.

Economists from different schools will discuss the ways for a more equitable and supportive world, Saturday 1 October at 6 pm, during the conference «Beyond the economy that kills». Sister Alessandra Smerilli, secretary of the Dicastery for Service to Integral Human Development, Senator for Life Mario Monti and the indigenous activist against deforestation in the Amazon, Adriano Karipuna, will be present.

The proposals of the main program are flanked by those of the “Festival è Also”: 4 affiliated museums, 27 bars and bistros for “missionary aperitifs”, meetings with the authors and presentation of 14 books, 5 film screenings, 11 churches open for itineraries artistic and guided tours, 4 shows, various workshops for children, teenagers, young people and adults and five-a-side football tournaments.

Info: www.festivaldellamissione.it

A Festival full of witnesses and events