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Matera 2019: Archdiocese, 8 itineraries and 78 events proposed in “The Ways” project

The choice of Matera as the 2019 European Capital of Culture is a “historic” opportunity for the local Church who wants to offer exploratory paths to promote our living memory and the transmission of our values through art, traditions, and moments of prayer and praise. Indeed, the Church will develop eight itineraries presented in “The Ways” project, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Matera-Irsina as a contribution to the “Matera2019” initiative. The project, exclusively previewed by SIR news agency, explains that the itineraries are meant to help us to discover the territory, ourselves and others; to help us build relationships; to value places, experiences and existing skills; to engage energies and resources; and to experiment models of social enterprise and of “new economy” for the common good. The following Ways will be activated in the second half of 2018: of cathedrals, shrines, of Advent and Christmas, of Lent and Easter time, of generations, of Sacred nights, of pipe organs, and of readings. They are inspired by the “five ways” for a new humanism proposed by Pope Francis in his Evangelii Gaudium, which were behind the work and reflection of the fifth National Ecclesial Convention held in Florence in November 2015. The hope is that, as from 2020, more itineraries will become available. An App will also be developed, through which users will be virtually guided to explore the Ways. The programme also includes 78 events that will be held in 15 municipalities across the 6 dioceses of Basilicata.

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