VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Friends and members of the Shalom Catholic Community gathered in Rome to celebrate approval of the new ecclesial entity’s statutes.
The decree that approves the community’s statues was signed Tuesday at the offices of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The decree gives the community status as an international private association for the faithful of pontifical right, reported Vatican Radio.
Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the pontifical council, and Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, were present at the ceremony in the offices of the dicastery for the laity.
Founder Moisés de Azevedo Filho, accompanied by more than 500 friends and members of the Shalom Community, was also present.
In the afternoon, Cardinal Hummes presided over a Mass of thanksgiving at the Basilica St. John Lateran.
On Wednesday, members of the Shalom community attended the general audience with Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square.
At the end of the audience, Benedict XVI greeted the “the Portuguese and Brazilian groups, including the Catholic Community Shalom.”
He expressed his desire that they live conscience of being a missionary Church, “desirous of contributing to the unity of all mankind in truth and love.”
The Shalom Community was founded in Brazil in 1982 to evangelize youth.
The ecclesial community is made up of married couples, consecrated men and women, young people, adults and priests.
The Shalom Community’s distinctive features are contemplation, unity and evangelization.
The Shalom Catholic Community has some 2,300 members and is present in eight countries in Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.