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The Pope receives leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way

The Pope receives leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way

On Saturday, Pope Francis received the founder of the global Catholic movement “The Neocatechumenal Way” and the movement’s leadership team, according to a statement from the Vatican press office and a more detailed statement from the movement.

Accordingly, Francis received the initiator, Kiko Arguello (85 years old), and the leaders, Father Mario Pizzi and Mrs. Ascension Romero. The Neocatechumenal Way message goes on to say that during the attendance the team informed the Pope of a meeting of over a thousand members from all over the world that had just concluded. In the conversation, the Pope remembered co-founder Carmen Hernandez (1930 to 2016) and encouraged the leadership team to continue their global work.

According to its own information, the Neocatechumenal Way currently exists in 136 countries. The community runs 120 theological schools under the name “Redemptoris Mater”, including one each in the Archdiocese of Cologne, Berlin and Vienna.

The movement was founded in Madrid in 1964 by the artist Arguello. Members are trying to use new methods to proclaim the gospel in the modern era. Some of the organization's theological ideas and laws have been the subject of debate within the Church, but have gradually been adapted into general canon law over the past twenty-five years.

(Kana – A)

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