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The Vigil of Pentecost
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Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi Members from around the world joined Pope Francis and 150 other movements to celebrate the vigil of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square.

Papa Francisco

The Vigil of Pentecost

Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi
Miembros de RC en la vigilia de penntecostés
Members from around the world joined Pope Francis and 150 other movements to celebrate the vigil of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square. 

After greeting an enthusiastic crowd that stretched all the way to the Tiber, Pope Francis enthroned the icon of our Lady, Salvation of the Roman People, in the Square. 

Testimonies by members of other movements followed. Paul Bhatti, the brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Christian prime minister of Pakistan who was martyred two years ago, reminded us that call to evangelize implies making sacrifices, moving beyond your comfort zone. 

Pope Francis then responded to questions that four members of different movements posed.  He challenged us to not let crises close us in on ourselves, but to be a Church that takes Jesus to people “on the very outskirts of existence.”  The full text of Pope Francis’ words
P. Sylversteer con el Papa Francisco
can be found here

At the end of the vigil, Pope Francis personally greeted the representatives of the different movements.  Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, Vicar General of Regnum Christi, greeted the Holy Father and manifested the support and adherence of all the members of Regnum Christi.  Afterwards, Fr. Sylvester said: “I thanked him for the maternal closeness of the Church and I asked him to take the suffering of so many members of the Movement and Legionaries in these years to the tabernacle.” 

Mass on Pentecost Sunday

The festivities continued next morning as Pope Francis presided the Mass of Pentecost Sunday.  Many Regnum Christi members and Legionaries attended and a number of Legionary priests concelebrated.  

During the homily,
Papa Francisco con RC
Pope Francis reminded us that the Holy Spirit brings us novelties, creates unity in the Church in the midst of diversity and sends us in mission – aspects which characterize the life of the new movements in the Church.  The complete homily can be read here

Due to the great number of pilgrims, many Legionary brothers were asked to assist in distributing communion to the crowd that, once again, stretched to the Tiber. 

Regnum Christi and the Legion of Christ extend our heartfelt gratitude to Pope Francis for thus showing his appreciation for the movements in the Church and for challenging us to break out of our comfort zones and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. 

 




PUBLICATION DATE: 2013-05-22


 
 


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