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Charismatics get heavy praise

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity described ecclesial movements as an "enormous gift of the Holy Spirit for the Church in our time," hailing their missionary creativity.

In an address to the Catholic Charismatic Conference held at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Bishop Stanislaw Rylko told the 700 participants that the movements gives him hope in the future of the Church.

There are "many charisms hidden in the life of many Catholic lay people of today – men and women, young and adults, elderly people, married and single," the Polish prelate said. "These are the true treasures in the Church that are worthy of being valued because too often they are hidden."

Lay movements, such as the charismatic movement, have achieved great success in evangelization, he said. "They do not wait for unbelievers to come, but they themselves go out to look for those who are far from faith."

Bishop Rylko described ecclesial movements as "schools of mission." He added: "The missionary creativity of the ecclesial movements is amazing; they are an enormous gift of the Spirit to the Church of our times."


26 Jun 2003