Pope joins celebrations for "Catholic Action" 150th anniversary
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday joined members of the Italian lay Catholic group “Azione Cattolica Italiana” as they celebrated 150 years since their foundation. They were gathered in St. Peter’s Square with balloons and banners for a special audience with the Pope and for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer.
Catholic Action was the name of many groups, especially active during the 19th century that aimed to encourage a Catholic influence on society in countries that fell under anti-clerical regimes.
Italy’s “Azione Cattolica” is probably the most active Catholic Action group still around today. It was founded in 1867 by