Charismatics Invited to ’06 Meeting With Pope

FATIMA, Portugal, OCT. 27, 2005 ( A Vatican official invited the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships to prepare for next year’s meeting of the Pope with new Church movements and communities.

Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, made that exhortation on the occasion of the first European conference of this organization of pontifical right, which opens in Fatima on Friday.

“Five days of blessings” is how this charismatic organization describes the meeting at the Marian shrine. The event’s theme is “Eucharist and New Evangelization in the School of Mary.”

About bishops and 2,000 other people are expected to attend the meeting, said Matteo Calisi, president of the Catholic Fraternity.

The meeting in Fatima will highlight the importance of the Eucharist in charismatic communities.

Taking advantage of the European conference, Archbishop Rylko, the president of the dicastery for the laity, reminded the Catholic Fraternity that “now is the time to prepare in the spirit” for the meeting called by Benedict XVI with ecclesial movements and new communities in St. Peter’s Square.

Benedict XVI’s meeting with ecclesial movements and new communities in St. Peter’s Square is scheduled for June 3, the vigil of Pentecost.