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Neocatechumenal Way statute approved by Vatican

The Vatican has announced the approval of the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, the spiritual renewal movement born in the mid-1960s in Spain.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity in a statement said the official decree of the statute's approval will take place this Friday at the council's headquarters.

The Neocatechumenal Way has spread to more than 105 nations. It includes 1500 communities in 800 dioceses and 5000 parishes. It has opened some 40 diocesan seminaries.

Among those who will attend today's ceremony are the leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way team: founders Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández, and Italian Father Mario Pezzi.

Cardinal James Francis Stafford, president of the Pontifical Council, will preside over the event that also will be attended by some 40 catechists of the Neocatechumenate, as it is also known.

The Vatican statement released earlier this week explained that this step is "an event of notable ecclesial importance, as the Neocatechumenal Way, which arose in Spain in 1964, has spread at present to more than 100 countries of the world, some of them mission territories."

Pontific al Council for the Laity
The Neocatechumenal Way (unofficial site)


28 Jun 2002