What’s Planned for New-Movements Meeting

To Include a Rite of Fire

VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The meeting of new ecclesial movements with Benedict XVI this Saturday will relive the evocative rite of fire of the sacrament of confirmation.

The eve-of-Pentecost meeting of the movements and new Church communities will begin at 3:45 p.m. local time in St. Peter’s Square.

Bishop Josef Clemens, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will give the greeting, followed by the presentation of the ecclesial groups attending the event.

Then a video will enable participants to relive highlights of Pentecost 1998, when Pope John Paul II met with all these ecclesial realities for the first time.

Testimonies and reflections will follow on commitments arising from the second congress of ecclesial movements and new communities, which will be held in Rocca di Papa this Wednesday through Friday on “The Beauty of Being Christians and the Joy of Communicating It.”

They will be read by Salvatore Martinez, national coordinator of Italy’s Renewal in the Spirit, and by Maria Luigia Corona, co-founder of the Villaregia Missionary Community.

After the reading of texts of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the presentation of a video of Benedict XVI, a married couple will lead the third glorious mystery of the rosary, “The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and His Church.”

The Pope will arrive shortly after 5:30 p.m. After the welcome and greeting of Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the praying of vespers will begin.


Also programmed is the reading by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, of a message addressed to the Pope by the movements.

Kiko Argüello, who helped launch the Neocatechumenal Way; Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio; and Father Julián Carrón, president of the Communion and Liberation fraternity, will comment on the two psalms and the canticle of Revelation of vespers.

After the Pope’s homily, there will be a liturgical memorial of the sacrament of confirmation, characterized by the rite of fire, the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the profession of faith.

At the end, Luis Fernando Figari, founder of the Christian Life Movement, and Patti Gallagher Mansfield of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal will thank the Pope on behalf of the movements.

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