Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai holding up the offertory gift during a special Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. The couple were selected to represent Asia at the celebration organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Italy.

A special Mass was held on Sept 10 in Rome as part of a pilgrimage during the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) community.

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai, selected to represent Asia, brought up the offertory during the Mass at the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica.

The offertory gift they brought was a self-made poster depicting the wedding costumes of the different races in Singapore.

Lawrence and Celeste also wore the traditional costume of the Peranakan Chinese.

As the global leadership couple of WWME, Singaporean couple Shelley and Daniel Ee read the second reading at the Mass attended by more than 4,000 people.

There were representatives from Africa, North America, Europe and Italy who also brought offertory gifts.

Earlier that day, the Ees, together with fellow WWME leadership team member Fr Nathaniel Gomez, met Pope Francis during a papal audience.

The world leaders of WWME meeting Pope Francis on Sept 10. From left: Fr Nathaniel Gomez, and Singaporeans Shelley and Daniel Ee.

Before the meeting, Pope Francis addressed the large gathering of pilgrims gathered at St Peter’s Square.

He thanked WWME participants “for all the good you do to help families! Go forward!”

The Ees together with Fr Nathaniel Gomez presented the Holy Father with a picture book of the WWME communities and its major events worldwide, as well as a report
on the worldwide movement.

Mr Ee said: “The three of us felt immense joy and were humbled to be able to greet the Holy Father on behalf of WWME. We will always remember his warm smile and gentle clasp of hand as he said thank you and encouraged our movement to carry on serving.”

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