Pope Francis addresses the “Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships” (October 31, 2014 at Rome, Italy)

“The Charismatic Renewal has reminded the Church of the necessity and importance of the prayer of praise. When we speak of the prayer of praise in the Church, Charismatics come to mind. When I spoke of the prayer of praise during a homily at Mass in Santa Martha, I said it is not only the prayer of Charismatics but of the entire Church! It is the recognition of the Lordship of God over us and over all creation expressed through dance, music and song.”

Pope Francis opens 37th National Convocation of the “Renewal in the Spirit” (June 1, 2014 at Rome, Italy)

“You, the charismatic Renewal, have received a great gift from the Lord. Your movement’s birth was willed by the Holy Spirit to be ‘a current of grace in the Church and for the Church’.  This is your identity: to be a current of grace. […] You have received the great gift of diversity of charisms, the diversity which becomes harmony in the Holy Spirit, and in service to the Church. […] The Charismatic Renewal is a great force meant to serve the preaching of the Gospel in the joy of the Holy Spirit. […] You, the people of God, the people of the Charismatic Renewal, must be careful not to lose the freedom which the Holy Spirit has given you! […] I expect you to share with everyone in the Church the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit (a phrase we find in the Acts of the Apostles).”


Pope Benedict XVI address to meeting sponsored by the “Renewal in the Holy Spirit” (May 26, 2012 at Rome, Italy)

“Dear friends of Renewal in the Holy Spirit, do not grow weary of turning to Heaven: the world stands in need of prayer.  It needs men and women who feel the attraction of Heaven in their life, who make praise to the Lord a new way of life.  And may you be joyful Christians!  I entrust you all to Mary Most Holy, present in the Upper Room at the event of Pentecost.  Persevere with her in prayer, walk, guided by the light of the living Holy Spirit, proclaiming the Good News of Christ.”

Pope Benedict XVI Speaks at a Meeting Organized by the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (October 31, 2008 — Rome, Italy)

“What we learn in the New Testament on charism, which appeared as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, is not a historical event of the past, but a reality ever alive. It is the same divine Spirit, soul of the Church, that acts in every age and those mysterious and effective interventions of the Spirit are manifest in our time in a providential way. The Movements and New Communities are like an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. We can, therefore, rightly say that one of the positive elements and aspects of the Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely their emphasis on the charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having recalled their topicality in the Church.”


Pope John Paul II address to the National Congress of the Italian “Renewal in the Spirit” (March 14, 2002 at Rimini, Italy)

“Yes!  The Renewal in the Spirit can be considered a special gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church in our time.  Born in the Church and for the Church, your movement is one in which, following the light of the Gospel, the members experience the living encounter with Jesus, fidelity to God in personal and community prayer, confident listening to his Word and a vital rediscovery of the Sacraments, not to mention courage in trials and hope in hardship.  Love for the Church and submission to her Magisterium, in the process of maturing in the Church supported by a solid permanent formation are relevant signs of your intention to avoid the risk of favouring, unwittingly, a purely emotional experience of the divine, an excessive pursuit of the “extraordinary” and a private withdrawal that may shrink from apostolic outreach.

“I am convinced that this movement is a sign of His action (of the Spirit). The world is much in need of this 
action of the Holy Spirit, and it needs many instruments for this action. Now I see this movement, this activity 

Pope Paul VI ( ICCR Conference  Rome , 1975)

” The Church and the world need more than ever that ‘miracle of Pentecost should continue in history’ … Nothing is more necessary to this increasingly secularized world than the witness of ‘spiritual renewal’ that we see the Holy Spirit evoking in the most diverse regions and milieu. how then could this spiritual renewal not be good fortune(sometimes translated “a chance”) for the church and for the world?”


Pope Paul VI  (Synod of Bishops , Rome, 1974):

“The Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost in order that He might forever sanctify the church, and thus all believers would have access to the Father through Christ in one Spirit (cf. Eph.2:18). He is the Spirit of life… The Spirit dwells in the church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple (cf. 1Cor 3:16; 6:19). In them he prays and bears witness to the fact that they are adopted sons (cf. Gal 4:6; Rom 8:15-16,26). The Spirit guides the church in the fullness of truth (cf. Jn 16:13) and gives her a unity of fellowship and service. He furnishes and directs her with various gifts, both hierarchical and charismatic, and adorns her with the fruits of his grace (cf. Eph 4:11-12; 1Cor 12:4; Gal 5:22). By the power of the gospel he makes the church grow, perpetually renews her…” (Lumen gentium, 4) (ibid., p.7)

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Pope John XXIII (October 10, 1973 at Rome, Italy)

Blessed Pope John XXIII prayed in 1962 for “a new Pentecost”. In preparation for the Second Vatican Council, he prayed for God to “Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Vatican II said this about the charisms: “It is not only through the sacraments and Church ministries that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and leads the people of God He distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. These charismatic gifts, whether they be the most outstanding or the more simple and widely diffused, are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation, for they are exceedingly suitable and useful for the needs of the Church.”