Pentecost 1998: The Pope and the movements together

Congress of ecclesial movements and Meeting with the Holy Father with movements and new communities

Rome, 27-30 May 1998


Pentecost 1998: John Paul II and the movements together

The Pope and the movements Memories and perspectives of a Meeting “Let us give thanks to the Lord for this springtime of the Church brought by the force for renewal coming from the Spirit.” John Paul II, speaking on 31 May 1998, was referring to the unforgettable Meeting that had taken place the previous day. More than two hundred thousand people, belonging to some fifty ecclesial movements and new communities, had come to Rome from the four corners of the world to bear witness, around the... Read more

Message from John Paul II to participants in the Congress

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 1. “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thes 1:2-3). These words of the Apostle... Read more

The speech of John Paul II to participants in St Peter's Square

“Suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:2-3) Dear Brothers and Sisters, 1. With these words the Acts of the Apostles bring us into the heart of the Pentecost event; they show us the disciples, who, gathered with Mary in the Upper Room, receive the gift of the Spirit. Thus... Read more

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