Matthew Ragbir: A Rare Privilege
And, he had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis.
“Meeting the Holy Father, or baciamano as it is commonly called here in Rome, was an amazing personal experience. It was like meeting a father who in those few moments devotes all his attention to you, looks you in the eyes, and smiles. It was an experience of deep joy.”
Ragbir, 31, is a Brother of the Living Water Community and is studying in Rome. He recently received the ministries of Lector and Acolyte from Archbishop Joseph Harris in preparation for diaconate and priestly ordination.
Describing his brief encounter with the Pope, Ragbir said: “His humility and joy were very striking. I had prepared two sentences in Italian to say to him but in the moment I simply said in Italian: ‘Thank you for everything’.”
Ragbir is an assistant at the Synod, which is in its second week. When people ask where he’s from, he said he is “very happy to say Trinidad and Tobago and to also share about the life of the Church at home, about my Community and my family”. Ragbir noted that it was a privilege to participate in an Extraordinary Synod “on a topic in which I am doing a specialisation in theology, namely marriage and the family”. The Synod ends next Sunday with a closing Mass.