A Missionary Pope, the New Evangelization Council and the Ecclesial Movements
lecturer in Aesthetics of the Holy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan;
Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., professor of dogmatic theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York; Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz, F.C.J.M., general superior of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and president of the Union of Superior Generals (UISG); Dr. Chiara Amirante, founder and president of the New Horizons Association of the diocese of Anagni-Alatri, Italy; Mr. Kiko Arguello, a co-initiator of the Neo-Catechumenal Way; Prof. Lucetta Scaraffia, professor of contemporary history in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at "La Sapienza" University in Rome.
We note the presence of several leaders of ecclesial movements such as the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation and the Neo-Catechumenical Way along with the vicar general of the prelature of Opus Dei. The Pope has emphasized these Ecclesial Movements as a resource for the New Evangelization. As a Cardinal, he wrote extensively about these movements and advocated for their place in the heart of the Church.
We often feature the ecclesial movements on Catholic Online. We will continue to do so as we progress toward the feast of Pentecost. They are a work of the Holy Spirit for our time. The Pope recounted his first encounters with the ecclesial movements in these words " ...at a moment of weariness in the Church, at a time when we were hearing about "the winter of the Church", the Holy Spirit was creating a new springtime."
Let us pray for and join with our Missionary Pope and the New Evangelization Council. As fellow workers in the vineyard, let's get to work.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: New Evangelization, Communion and Liberation, Focalare, Neo-Catechumenal Way, Opus Dei, Charismatic Renewal, Missionary, Pope Benedict, Culture of life, Pope Benedict XVI, Deacon Keith Fournier
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