On Saturday 7 April at 11am, the Emmanuel Community was received in audience at the Vatican by Pope Francis.
This audience took place at the end of the annual sacerdotal meeting of the priests of the Community during the Easter octave, the first meeting since the Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community was established on August 15, 2017. 500 members of the Emmanuel Community were present at this audience, including 3 bishops, about 100 priests, about 10 deacons, about 30 consacrated (men and women), and more than 300 lay members, bachelors and families, with nearly 50 children, a beautiful assembly representative of the communion of states of life lived in the Emmanuel Community. All continents were represented with Emmanuel members from Indonesia, Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil, Peru, Rwanda, Cameroon, Benin, Germany, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, France.
After the address of Laurent Landete, moderator of the Emmanuel Community and Fr. Henri-Marie Mottin (to be read below), the Pope read the following message. At the end of this message, the Pope personally greeted each of the 500 people present.