The Holy Father’s message was addressed to Salvatore Martinez, national president of Renewal in the Holy Spirit, on the occasion of the movement’s 30th national convocation, which is being held through Tuesday in Rimini.
Some 25,000 Italians are participating in the meeting entitled “Nothing is Impossible with God.”
The Pope’s message highlighted the meeting’s focus on the family: “I also have often had the occasion to emphasize the urgency today of ‘the evangelization of the family,’ fundamental building block of society and little domestic Church.
“Following the direction of the Italian bishops, you too actively dedicate yourselves to support all that concretely defends and promotes those human and Christian values that must be at the basis of every family.”
Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, also greeted the meeting.
He wished that “the awareness of the extraordinary power of God, to whom all is possible, be for you a motivation for continual apostolic zeal and generosity in charity toward the ecclesial community.”