On November 10th the new archbishop of Genoa, Mons. Marco Tasca, came to visit the novitiate. He stayed for dinner with the whole community. Afterwards he spent some time with us, where we introduced ourselves, and he answered various questions.
It was really uplifting for us to meet this zealous and joyful pastor. His more than 40 years as a Conventual Franciscan has left in him a knowledge of religious life that enriched us greatly. We were very grateful for this meeting.
As a final joke, the archbishop said that we should not think that he came only to chat with us, but that he expects, as a reward for this meeting, that we pray for him. Of this he can be more than certain.