Early in 2006, on the eve of their departure to Guam to serve as Neocatechumenal missionaries, Enrico and Francesca Da Ponte were interviewed by Francesca Bellemo, a reporter for the Venetian Catholic website “Gente Veneta.it” (or here).
When Bellemo asked, “What challenges await you?”, Enrico replied,
“First of all it is a perpetually hot and humid climate in which we will have to get used to. In Guam they speak English, and my wife is helped by her experience in Ireland and from her studies, I will have to learn.
His wife Francesca then added,
The island is civilized and lives many contradictions: a great outward adherence to the worship is not accompanied by an authentic faith. And it is a country that does not live, as is the case here [Italy], secularization: the churches are still full of people, but these are people who adhere only outwardly to the Christian message and then in everyday life do not behave in a way adhering to their beliefs. Our task is also to give witness to that of the Christian family model that the Lord has called us to live.”
We’ve been judged!
“Andiamo agli antipodi per servire“, http://www.genteveneta.it/public/articolo.php?id=2168 (or here), January 13, 2006. Retrieved November 22, 2016.