Reminders from Benedict XVI to the missionary families of the Neocatechumenal Way

Source: FSSPX News

On January 12, Benedict XVI received the members of the Neocatechumenal Way in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. This movement, for the “post-baptismal cathecumenate (…) at the service of the diocesan bishops and priests”, comprises 20,000 communities, 6,000 parishes and 63 missionary seminaries. 70% of its members are persons originally estranged from the Church or not baptized.

The pope gave a Cross, an “inseparable traveling companion”, to the 200 missionary families who will go out to the most dechristianized areas of the world, mainly in Latin America. The Sovereign Pontiff recalled that “the importance of the liturgy and in particular of the Mass, in evangelization, had been stressed many times by his predecessors.” “In order to help the Neocatechumenical Way to render even more incisive” its evangelizing action, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, “has given you recently on my behalf, certain norms concerning the Eucharistic celebration, after the period of experience granted by John Paul II,” he said.

 “I am sure that these norms, which repeat what is set out in the liturgical books approved by the Church, will be observed closely.” In fact, “thanks to the faithful adherence to the directives of the Church, you are rendering your apostolate ever more effective, in full communion with the pope and the pastors of each diocese.” He added that the mission of the missionary families of the Way fitted in with “the context of the new evangelization, in which the family plays a very important role.”