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Press release, 12-04-2017
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POPE FRANCIS AT THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CHARISMATIC RENEWAL FROM THE WHOLE WORLD TO ROME FOR 5 DAYS OF MEETINGS AND CELEBRATIONS

Pope Francis will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Services ) and the Catholic Fraternity are in fact organizing this great event, after 50 years since the birth of this current of grace in 1967. This event will take place in Rome from the 31st of May to the 4th of June, in preparation for the next Pentecost, with the participation of Charismatics from all over the world. For an explicit desire of the Pope, other than the members of the various Charismatic expressions of the Catholic Renewal, representatives from the Evangelical and Pentecostal world too will be attending and intervening. It will therefore be a great Ecumenical Event.” The Charismatic Renewal was born Ecumenical and so it will be an Ecumenical Celebration in this sense,” said Pope Francis himself, answering a question regarding the Golden Jubilee during his flight back from Sweden last January.” In Buenos Aires we had a Mass of the Charismatic Renewal in the Cathedral once a year, to which everyone came. Therefore, I too experienced a process of recognition of the good that the Renewal has given to the Church”.

The Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal will open on Wednesday 31st May, in the morning, with the General audience with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square. An articulate program will then follow with Meetings, Symposiums, Workshops and Celebrations, that will take place in various Basilicas, Churches and locations in the centre of Rome. The witnesses of the first years of the Renewal and the big world leaders will be intervening. The event will conclude on Saturday, 3rd June, in the evening, with a great Vigil with the Pope at the Circo Massimo and on Sunday, 4th June, with the solemn Celebration of the Feast of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square. The official program of the Golden Jubilee will be presented by Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS, and Gilberto Gomes Barbosa, President of the Catholic Fraternity, on Monday, 24th April, at the Fiera in Rimini, during the 40th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit (RnS).

The Catholic Renewal was born in February 1967, during a Students’ Retreat at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania – USA). During that weekend, the students prayed for a long while, asking God to be able to experience in a new way, the grace of Baptism and Confirmation. And they had a powerful experience of God, that changed their hearts and became known as ” Baptism in the Spirit”. This Charismatic experience got out of the Duquesne University pretty soon and started spreading in the Parishes and other Catholic structures in the whole world. 50 years later, we estimate that the Renewal is present today in over 200 countries, and has reached over 120 million Catholics. The Renewal is not a single, unified world-wide Movement, it hasn’t got a single founder or a group of founders, like other Ecclesiastical Movements. Nevertheless, the various expressions of the Renewal in the world share the same fundamental experience in common: the ” Baptism in the Holy Spirit “.


Press release, 08-05-2017
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POPE FRANCIS AT THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CHARISMATIC RENEWAL IN A MONTH’S TIME FROM THE WHOLE WORLD TO ROME FOR MEETINGS AND CELEBRATIONS

Pope Francis will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and the Catholic Fraternity are in fact organizing this great event, 50 years since the birth of this current of grace in 1967.This event will take place in Rome from 31st May to 4th June in preparation for the next Pentecost, with the participation of Charismatics from all over the world: For an explicit desire of the Pope, other than the members of the Charismatic groups and communities of the Catholic Renewal, representatives from the Evangelical and Pentecostal world too will be attending and intervening.” The invitation for this great feast came from the Pope himself in 2014, and we are anxious to celebrate this our Jubilee”, declared Gilberto Gomes Barbosa, President of the Catholic Fraternity. “ We are a gift to the Church but we have also faced many difficulties to become what we are today. The Pope said that in these 50 years many things have changed in the Church. And this thanks to the contribution of the Charismatic Renewal as well.

The Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal will open on Wednesday 31st May in the morning, with the General Audience with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square. An articulate programme will follow with Meetings, Symposiums, Workshops and Celebrations that will take place in various Basilicas, Churches and locations in the centre of Rome.The witnesses of the first years of the Renewal and the big world leaders will be attending and intervening. The event will conclude on Saturday 3rd June in the evening, with a great Vigil with the Pope at Circus Maximus, and on Sunday 4th June with the solemn celebration of the Feast of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square. “ Pope Francis asked us to think of a Jubilee that is as inclusive as possible”, underlined Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS. “ Other than the Meetings with the Pope the programme has some specific moments that will reflect the peculiarity of the Charismatic Renewal. Every event will be the fruit of collaboration between the different expressions because the Pope gives great importance to the topic of Unity, and members of other churches will be with us too”.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal was born in February 1967 during a students’ Retreat at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh ( Pennsylvania USA ). During that weekend the students prayed a lot asking God to be able to experience in a new way, the grace of Baptism and Confirmation. And they had a powerful experience of God that changed their hearts and became known as “ Baptism in the Holy Spirit” ( also called “ Effusion or Outpouring of the Spirit” ). This Charismatic experience got out of the Duquesne University pretty soon and started to spread in the Parishes and other Catholic realities in the whole world. 50 years later, we estimate that the Renewal is present today in more than 200 countries, and has reached over 120 million Catholics. The Renewal is not a single worldwide unified Movement, it hasn’t got a single founder or a group of founders like other Ecclesial Movements. Nevertheless, the various expressions of the Renewal in the world share the same fundamental experience in common : the “ Baptism in the Holy Spirit”.


Press conference notice, 23-05-2017
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PRESENTATION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

Tuesday 30th May 2017 at 11AM
location: ‘Radio Vaticana’, room Marconi
Pia Square, 3 – Rome.

The CCR Golden Jubilee 2017 will be officially presented next Tuesday, 30th May 2017, at 11AM, in a Press Conference that will be in ‘Radio Vaticana’, room ‘Marconi’.

Will be present:
Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services)
Gilberto Gomes Barbosa, President of the Catholic Fraternity

Will introduce:
Salvatore Martinez, President of RnS (Italy)

Moderator:
Luciano Castro, journalist and communications manager of CCR Golden Jubilee 2017 press office

The CCR Golden Jubilee 2017, organized by ICCRS and Catholic Fraternity on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the birth of this “current of grace”, will take place in Rome from 31st May to 4th June 2017. The program: a Vigil with Pope Francis at the Circo Massimo, in preparation for the Pentecost, and a series of Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops and Celebrations in various Basilicas, Churches and locations in the centre of the city. Will be present leaders and testimonials of the early years of the Renewal.


Press release, 05-06-2017
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” CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL, PRECIOUS INSTRUMENT FOR ECUMENISM” THE MESSAGE OF THE POPE FOR THE GOLD JUBILEE, SATURDAY THE VIGIL IN CIRCO MASSIMO

“Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a precious instrument of the Spirit for Ecumenism”.Pope Francis, he told this message to the participants of the Golden Jubilee, which opened yesterday in Rome, and that Saturday evening will be the great ecumenical Vigil with the Holy Father in Circus Massimo “I thank God for these 50 years of the Holy Spirit sovereign – said the Pope – which is the source of the current of grace that is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Happy Golden Jubilee! “. This event was organized by ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and Catholic Fraternity. Thirty-thousand participants from Italy and from 130 countries of the world, Catholics, Evangelicals and Pentecostals are expected.

“As every work of the Spirit leads to unity in diversity, the Holy Spirit wanted it to be ecumenical,” the Holy Father pointed out in the message. “You are a precious instrument of the Spirit to walk with other Christian brothers and sisters in prayer and joint work in favour of those in most need: walking together towards the table of the Eucharist, as I said in Egypt, when we prayed with Pope Tawadros.” Pope Francis also invited Catholic Charismatic Renewal to remain faithful to the word in John 17: “It is Jesus himself who prays the Father for our unity: so that the world may believe that you have sent me” Unit for the mission”. The Holy Father’s message concludes with a welcome to everyone arrived in Rome for Golden Jubilee: “I look forward to meeting you in Circo Massimo on Saturday, the 3rd for the Ecumenical Pentecost Vigil!”

The program of the Golden Jubilee includes Meetings, Symposiums and workshops which take place in various Basilicas, Churches and locations in the center of Rome, with the intervention of witnesses of the early years of the Renewal and many others leaders. The Eucharistic Celebrations will be presided by Cardinals Stanislaw Rylko, Paul Josef Cordes, Kevin Joseph Farrell, Bishop Grzegorz Rys. In the evening of 2nd June in Circo Massimo, the program include more than 3 hours of Community Prayer, hymns, testimonies, meditations and the intervention of Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS, and Gilberto Barbosa, President of Catholic Fraternity. In the afternoon of Saturday 3rd always in Circo Massimo will take place the great Pentecost Vigil with Pope Francis. In the program will have interventions of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Pontifical House, and Rev. Giovanni Traettino, pastor of the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. The Pope will arrive at 6pm and will preside the Ecumenical Prayer for a new baptism with the Holy Spirit. On Sunday the 4th, the participants of the Golden Jubilee of the Renewal will all gather together in the end in Piazza San Pietro to participate at the Pentecost Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Further information on www.ccrgoldenjubilee2017.org


Press release, 05-06-2017
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” CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL, PRECIOUS INSTRUMENT FOR ECUMENISM” THE MESSAGE OF THE POPE FOR THE GOLD JUBILEE, SATURDAY THE VIGIL IN CIRCO MASSIMO

“Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a precious instrument of the Spirit for Ecumenism”.Pope Francis, he told this message to the participants of the Golden Jubilee, which opened yesterday in Rome, and that Saturday evening will be the great ecumenical Vigil with the Holy Father in Circus Massimo “I thank God for these 50 years of the Holy Spirit sovereign – said the Pope – which is the source of the current of grace that is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Happy Golden Jubilee! “. This event was organized by ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and Catholic Fraternity. Thirty-thousand participants from Italy and from 130 countries of the world, Catholics, Evangelicals and Pentecostals are expected.

“As every work of the Spirit leads to unity in diversity, the Holy Spirit wanted it to be ecumenical,” the Holy Father pointed out in the message. “You are a precious instrument of the Spirit to walk with other Christian brothers and sisters in prayer and joint work in favour of those in most need: walking together towards the table of the Eucharist, as I said in Egypt, when we prayed with Pope Tawadros.” Pope Francis also invited Catholic Charismatic Renewal to remain faithful to the word in John 17: “It is Jesus himself who prays the Father for our unity: so that the world may believe that you have sent me” Unit for the mission”. The Holy Father’s message concludes with a welcome to everyone arrived in Rome for Golden Jubilee: “I look forward to meeting you in Circo Massimo on Saturday, the 3rd for the Ecumenical Pentecost Vigil!”

The program of the Golden Jubilee includes Meetings, Symposiums and workshops which take place in various Basilicas, Churches and locations in the center of Rome, with the intervention of witnesses of the early years of the Renewal and many others leaders. The Eucharistic Celebrations will be presided by Cardinals Stanislaw Rylko, Paul Josef Cordes, Kevin Joseph Farrell, Bishop Grzegorz Rys. In the evening of 2nd June in Circo Massimo, the program include more than 3 hours of Community Prayer, hymns, testimonies, meditations and the intervention of Michelle Moran, President of ICCRS, and Gilberto Barbosa, President of Catholic Fraternity. In the afternoon of Saturday 3rd always in Circo Massimo will take place the great Pentecost Vigil with Pope Francis. In the program will have interventions of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Pontifical House, and Rev. Giovanni Traettino, pastor of the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. The Pope will arrive at 6pm and will preside the Ecumenical Prayer for a new baptism with the Holy Spirit. On Sunday the 4th, the participants of the Golden Jubilee of the Renewal will all gather together in the end in Piazza San Pietro to participate at the Pentecost Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Further information on www.ccrgoldenjubilee2017.org