Pentecost with Ecclesial Movements, New Communities and Lay Associations


18-19 May 2013

As part of the celebrations for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis met representants of Ecclesial Movements, New Communities and Lay Associations in St Peter's Square.

More than 120.000 people took part in the Vigil of Pentecost and in the Pentecost Mass celebrated the day after. Both events were presided over by Pope Francis.

Words of the Pope during the Vigil

18 May 2013 Address of the Holy Father Francis Good evening to you all! I am happy to meet you and glad that we are all gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to pray, to be united and to await the gift of the Spirit. I had already looked at your questions and I have thought about them — so my words to you tonight are offered with prior knowledge! We must always begin with the truth! I have them in front of me, written down. Here is the first question, “How have you been able in your life to attain... Read more

Words of the Pope before Regina Caeli prayer

19 maggio 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters, This celebration of faith is drawing to a close. It began yesterday with the Vigil and culminated this morning with the Eucharist. It was a renewed Pentecost that transformed St Peter’s Square into an Upper Room beneath the open sky. We have relived the experience of the nascent Church, harmonized in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus (cf. Acts 1:14). In the variety of charisms we too have experienced the beauty of unity, of being... Read more

Words of the Pope during the Mass

19 May 2013 Homily of Pope Francis Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we contemplate and re-live in the liturgy the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ upon his Church; an event of grace which filled the Upper Room in Jerusalem and then spread throughout the world. But what happened on that day, so distant from us and yet so close as to touch the very depths of our hearts? Luke gives us the answer in the passage of the Acts of the Apostles which we have heard... Read more

Pentecost 2013

Ecclesial movements and new communities in the thought of cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

During the days from 15th to 17th May, 2013, an international Congress has been organized in Rome by the Pontifical University “Regina Apostolorum”, under the title: “Springtime of the Church and action of the Holy Spirit”. The Congress has been held, in the Year of Faith, on occasion of the Day dedicated to the movements, new communities, associations and lay associations with Pope Francis, on... Read more

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