“Lack is not a sign that we were born ‘wrongly’, but on the contrary is the bell which alerts us that our nature is made for great things” wrote Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of Pope Francis in a message to to the Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation.
The theme of this years’ annual Meeting is “What is this lack a lack of, o heart, of which all of a sudden you are full?” a line from the 20th century Italian poet Mario Luzi. This is the 36th annual Meeting for the Friendship Amongst Peoples, held in Rimini.
Cardinal Parolin explained that the theme “puts the accent on the ‘heart’ that is in each of us, and which St. Augustine has described as a ‘restless heart’, which is never content and seeks that which lives up to its expectation. It is a search which is expressed in questions about the meaning of life and of death, about love, about work, about justice, and about happiness.”.