Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin
Hundreds of thousands people from all over Italy descended on Rome's Circus Maximus to take part in ‘Family Day’ on Saturday.
The massive rally, against a proposed law called the Cirinnà bill which would allow same-sex unions and adoption by same-sex couples, was primarily about holding up true marriage as between a man and a woman.
The event organizer, Massimo Gandolfini, said the numbers of those attending were "many, many more than we thought", and estimated the number to be "at least a million".
CNA has the story here. Some photos of the rally are below:
Massimo Gandolfini, chief organiser of the event, is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way and a married father of seven adopted children. He is also director of Neurosurgery at Brescia's Catholic hospital.
Italian journalist and politician Mario Adinolfi told the rally: "This crowd changes the history of the country."
The crowd in Circus Maximus unexpectedly filled the venue.
Prominent Italian pro-lifer Toni Brandi, founder of Notizie Pro Vita, was among a number of pro-life figures to address the rally.
A Christian pro-family group marches with a banner that says: "The family is founded on marriage between a man and a woman: we defend it!"
An opera singer entertained the crowds.
A good number of priests and religious attended.
Several Italian politicians were present at the event including Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right wing Brothers of Italy party. Meloni took the opportunity to announce that she is pregnant: "I found out recently," she said. "This is a day of celebration."
"Family Day: in defense of the family and children."
Photos: Edward Pentin/NCRegister.com