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Friday, December 10, 2004


VATICAN CITY, DEC 10, 2004 (VIS) - On December 12 through 16 in Rome, the seventh International Congress on the Pastoral Care of Circus and Amusement Park Workers, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, will take place.  The last congress took place in 1993.

  According to a communique made public today, among the one hundred people who will participate in the meeting are bishop promoters, national directors, chaplains, and religious and lay people from various countries in Europe, as well as the United States, Chile and Mexico.  The meeting's theme is "Welcoming Circus and Fair Workers, from diversity to the coexistence of differences."

  Some circus artists of international fame will offer their Christian testimony in the workplace and will perform during the breaks and in the afternoons.

  After words of welcome by Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the dicastery, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary, will present the congress.  Talks are scheduled by Msgr. Bruno Maggioni, professor of the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy, Bishop Lino Belotti, president of the Italian Episcopal Commission for Migration, Fr. Dominique Joly, O.F.M. (France), and Fr. Sergio Ferrera Varela (Spain).  On Thursday, December 16, participants in the congress will be received by the Holy Father.
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