At his General Audience in the Vatican the Pontiff (pictured) called on those who work for the wellbeing of seafarers and the families to “be the voice of those workers who live far from their loved ones and face dangerous and difficult situations.” At the end of the audience he greeted Sr Mary Leahy, regional coordinator for Oceania and Fr Celestin Ikomba, regional coordinator for West Africa.
The meeting is organised by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, which coordinates the activities of AoS worldwide.
Foley says this week’s meeting will be the first time that the Regional Directors elected at that Congress have come together to reflect on the challenges to their ministry. “Some of the challenges we face include how to renew and adapt our ministry to seafarers, the people we serve. We need to constantly find ways to deepen our engagement with seafarers and to reassure seafarers of our presence and support, regardless of their faith,” he told Vatican Radio.
You can listen to the full interview by going to this link.
Pope Francis meets Sr Mary Leahy AoS regional coordinator for Oceania.
The Holy Father meets Fr Celestin Ikomba AoS regional coordinator for West Africa.