Vatican Damascus Premiere 16th May 2009

Eleven days prior to the event all 600 seats of the Auditorium at the Agostinianuim, across St Peters' Basilica were taken. An over flow hall was organized to take about 200 invities.At the end several could not be accommodated.High officials from most of the Vatican Dicasteries, most of the  leaders of  International movements and lay organisations represented in Rome, General Superiors of both male and female Religious Congregations, 84 members from the Diplomatic Corp accredited to the Holy See, and brothers and sisters from 52 countries participated the  Damascus Premier.Members from the Executive Council of the  Catholic Fraternity of Covenant Communities,Partnership for China, from ICCRS office and several prayer groups in Rome were also present.His Eminence Card. Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo,His Eminence Card Paul Cordes and His Beatitude Patriarch of Syria were guests of honour at the event.


-         Guests were received with a cocktail and music by two Violinists from the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra.  Henry Cappello as president of Youth Arise International and Damascus  International Coordinator welcomed the Guests .

-         Mezzo Soprano Angela Masi.sung the “Ave Maria” of Schubert and “la Vergine degli Angeli” of G. Verdi, which was followed by a brief address by His Beatitude Patriarch of Syria and by his Eminence Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo President of Anno Paolino and Archpriests of Papal Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura. ail


The Film Damascus was viewed and received with great acclamation. Guests received a copy of the Damascus Film in five languages.


The follow up of the Film, now called "Damascus Project"has just received the Patronage of His Eminence Cardinal Andrea Montezemolo and that of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul  Fuori le Mura.The objective of the film is to reach the unreached in particular the youth.