On Sunday, June 3, 2012, the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the Pope celebrated the closing mass of the World Meeting of Families that took place in Milan.


About 850 thousand people took part in the closing mass, which took place in an airfield in Milan and among the masses was also a family from our kehillot – Vladimir and his family from Jaffa.

The seventh World Meeting of Families took place from Wednesday, May 30 to Sunday, June 3. The meeting opened with a mass celebrated by Milan's Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Pope arrived on June 1 and participated in a series of events with families from all over the face of the globe. Alongside the family of Vladimir from the Jaffa kehilla, there were a number of other Arabic speaking families from Israel. The head of the delegation from the Holy Land was the Patriarchal Vicar in Amman, Bishop Maroun Lahham and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal also participated.

During the days of the gathering, there were many events: speeches by leading churchmen, gatherings to strengthen the family and to teach the Church's view on everything connected to family life. On Saturday evening, June 2, 2012, the Pope met with a crowd of 350 thousand people and some chosen representatives, representing the great diversity of the families present, were able to ask the Pope questions.

Video clips of the event can be viewed here:

1. The Pope arrives in Milano here

2. Greeting the Pope when he arrives at the Cathedral here

3. The Pope concludes the event here

4. The pope's homily here

5. The Pope meets children who recently received confirmation here

Website of the meeting here