Pope to Meet Ecclesial Movements and New Communities

Vatican City

Following today’s “Regina Coeli,” the Pope gave assurances of his prayers for “the important appointment of Saturday, June 3, the eve of Pentecost, when I will have the joy of meeting, in St. Peter’s Square, many followers of more than 100 ecclesial movements and new communities from all over the world.”

He continued: “I well know the significance for the Church of their educational and missionary [activity] which was so appreciated, supported and encouraged by the beloved John Paul II. Together we will celebrate the first Vespers of the Solemnity of Pentecost, trustingly invoking the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of the faithful and announce to everyone the message of love of Christ, Savior of the world.”

The Holy Father’s meeting with ecclesial movements and new communities will have as its theme, “the beauty of being a Christian and the joy of communicating this,” which is inspired by Pope Benedict’s homily during the inaugural Mass of his Petrine ministry on April 24, 2005: “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.”

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