|Texan Youth Witness Beatification|
|Written by Laura Kellerman|
|Monday, September 27, 2010|
A group of 18 teenagers and young adults from around Texas attended the beatification of the Blessed Chiara Luce Badano in Rome, Italy on Sept. 25.
The Mass, celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love, by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Monsignor Angelo Amato, representing Pope Benedict XVI.
Chiara Luce's parents sat in the front row of the modern church, which was filled with modern music, befitting of a 20th-Century teenager on the road to sainthood.
"The Mass was beautiful," the Texas group wrote in a short message home.
Later that evening, the Texas group found themselves among 8,000 other participants inside Paul VI Hall in the Vatican for the two-hour "Life, Love, Light" celebration. Thousands more braved the rain in St. Peter Square to watch the songs, dances, testimonies and memorial videos on jumbotrons.
You can watch replays of both the Mass and the celebration or read transcripts at live.focolare.org.
The youth worked for months to raise money for the trip through bake sales, barbecue lunches, work, and more. They witnessed the power of God's providence first-hand, and would like to thank everyone who helped them experience this historic moment in the Movement and in the Church.