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Pope Francis calls on all Catholics to join Anglican prayer campaign

Pope Francis has urged all Catholics to join a global prayer campaign that begins at the end of this month called "Thy Kingdom Come."

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, met with Pope Francis on April 11th at the Vatican, and used his smartphone to record a video message from the head of the Catholic Church.

You can read more detail here and view the video here

 

 

 

EUROPEAN CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL INFORMATION LETTERS (EUCCRIL)

NEWSLETTER 318: Pavol Strežo from Slovakia, who gave such an impressive testimony on reconciliation with the Jews during our ICCRS Eastern European meeting in September 2014, informed us about a special ecumenical consultation May 23rd till 25th, 2019 in Lithuania. It’s organised by the ecumenical charismatic initiative Towards Jerusalem Council II East European region (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Poland). Many charismatic Catholics in quite a number of countries participate in this initiative TJCII for reconciliation between Jew and Gentiles.


NEWSLETTER 317: From 8th till 10th of March the European Subcommittee of ICCRS (ESCI) invited all national CCR leaders and leaders of major CCR community networks to come to Heiligenbrunn, Germany.

For the last time ESCI held this meeting, as with Pentecost 2019 ICCRS and its subcommittees will cease and CHARIS will be in charge for the international and continental service to the worldwide CCR.
60 leaders from more than 20 European nations followed the invitation and came to this meeting in Germany. Among them three of the newly appointed members of the International Service of Communion of CHARIS were present: continental representatives for Europe Paolo Maini (Italy) and Etienne Mellot (France); and Jean-Luc Moens (Belgium), who will function as first moderator of CHARIS (www.charis.international).

Preparation of CHARIS
As one of those entrusted by Pope Francis with the preparations for CHARIS to become alive, Michelle Moran explained again “the way to CHARIS” and gave an update about the present situation.

NEWSLETTER 316: A big prayer campaign of CHARIS in March, April, May up to Pentecost. With strong input from Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Ecclesiastical Assistant to CHARIS. Pass it on.

 

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions

The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the Apostleship selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection.

The Vatican then entrusts to the Apostleship of Prayer the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which the Apostleship then translates into the major world languages and publishes in print and digital formats. 

The prayer intentions already prepared are here.

 

Pope Francis speaks about the fruitfulness of praise

Read about it here

 

This is an abridged version of the Testimony I gave at the Carmarthen Conference in 1990 (Neil Tully)

“Come to me all you who are weary and are heavily burdened”

I was working in a tool-room in Liverpool in 1967, and it was there I met a Pentecostal Minister.

To many of the men who worked there he was a figure of fun and he was subjected to a lot irreverent banter. He could be a nuisance; some mornings he would place religious pamphlets through the hinge space in our tool boxes - pamphlets that were not very complimentary to the Catholic Church.

In my conversations with him I became aware that he had a relationship with Jesus Christ that was totally different to mine. I was a cradle Catholic, brought up in a church-going family, an altar boy from the age of seven. Jesus, I knew, was present in Tabernacle on the altar.

One day I asked him about Jesus. “Oh,” he said, “I have met him.”. “Oh,” I said, laughingly, “what did he look like?”. “I didn’t look him in the face,”, he said, “but he had the most beautiful feet I have ever seen.”.

The humility of that Pentecostal Minister both impressed me and intrigued me. We had many conversations after this, but time moved on. In 1979, I and many others during this period were made redundant and we lost touch.

In 1978 I had been invited by a friend to visit a prayer group in Mold. I went there for a few weeks and to my surprise enjoyed the atmosphere. Shortly after I attended a Day of Renewal at Gronant; the speaker was Father Ian Petit. Charismatic Renewal was totally foreign to me and certainly very different to what I was used to, but I was inquisitive. I then learned that there was a Charismatic Prayer Group at Pantasaph, so I moved from Mold to Pantasaph.

The prayer group met in the home of Bishop Langton Fox. Various people led the group, including Bishop Langton, who participated as one of the group, and it was a time of great blessing.

Christmas 1980/81 I was hospitalized with a very serious illness. After many months absence I returned to the prayer group. I learned that a number of the group were planning to attend a Conference at Carmarthen and I decided to join them.

My first impression was that I was in the wrong place; I felt alienated, but the Mass lasting over two hours persuaded me, and a priest friend, that something was happening. The main speaker was Father Ian Murray.

I was still at a low place both physically and spiritually, I sought out Father Ian Murray and made my Confession.

It was then I found as if I had been transported, to the foot of the Cross at Calvary. I was not kneeling in front of a Crucifix, I was not gazing at a famous painting. I was there looking at Jesus Christ at the height of his suffering. The intense agony of His tortured body was there in front of me. Psalm 22.

Like the Pentecostal Minister I had met Jesus Christ.

I then heard Father Ian describing the scene to me. I said, “Father, there's no need, I have just been there.”. Father Ian then prayed over me and I experienced an immense feeling of the Love and compassion of God embracing me.

Was this experience a grace filled moment?

Of course it was, but it is the very place that we, that is all of us, must start our journey.

At the foot of the Cross.

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?". Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." Acts 2:38

Pope Francis says, “This is beautiful! To forgive is God's joy; the being of God is mercy. For this reason, in this year, we should open our hearts so that this love, this joy of God may fill us with this mercy.".

 

Crossing Wales, Abergavenny, 14th May, 2016

The Crossing Wales event in Abergavenny on 14th May was blessed and the weather was beautiful!

Some of us walked up the Blorenge mountain, including a blind lady named Judith and her guide dog, Ruby, taking turns to carry the 22 foot Cross, if wanted, and carrying flags.

The Shofar was blown and we pronounced proclamations over Abergavenny (the Gateway to Wales) and sang hymns.

There were prophecies, including “I am about to do something big”, a picture of throngs of people coming from the valleys, surrounding angels, and the fire and glow of the Holy Spirit! And it was the eve of the feast of Pentecost too.

We met some lovely ladies, from all the churches, in the Methodist Church in the town, who made us coffee and we had a picnic in the park; and ee then walked through Abergavenny, carrying the Cross and had a united service in the ABC, Abergavenny Baptist Church. The Churches are near each other in Abergavenny and there is a great non–denominational atmosphere. We felt the love of the Body of Christ.

Praise God for what He’s doing! Please pray for the next stage of this Pilgrimage.

God Bless,
Fran Graham

 

 

 

 

Evangelisation Manual

An Evangelisation Manual is now available from the Seekers Team, based at the Franciscan Monastery in Pantasaph, North Wales.

The manual consists of a CD containing a series of PowerPoint presentations covering formation in preparation for Evangelisation.

In addition, a paper manual, covering similar issues, with worksheet attachments and a leaders booklet, completes the package.

Practical examples are recommended, which are based on actual experience the Seekers Team have acquired on their various Evangelising initiatives.

This manual has been sent out to all the Bishops of England and Wales, with several recipients returning positive comments, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

For more information and to order the Manual, please visit the Seekers Team web site seekersteams.com or download an Order Form here.

 
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world.
You can find it here.
LUMEN FIDEI
Pope Francis' first encyclical.
You can find it here

Pope Francis' Address to Charismatic Communities

Pope Francis' address of 31st October, 2014 to members of the "CATHOLIC FRATERNITY OF CHARISMATIC COVENANT COMMUNITIES AND FELLOWSHIPS" here.

CHARISMATICS AND CATHOLICS MUST UNITE, SAYS POPE FRANCIS

Pope Francis sends a message to leading 'Word of Faith' teacher Kenneth Copeland via Bishop Tony Palmer, saying that Charismatics and Catholics must unite. See it here

 

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The magazine is published for January, March, May, July, September, November and is also available online via the English NSC website.

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