CHARIS, a service created a year ago by Pope Francis

A year ago, on the initiative of Pope Francis, CHARIS, the International Service of Catholic Charismatic Renewal was created. CHARIS marks, according to Pope Francis, a new stage for the whole charismatic family under the sign of communion within it and the manifestation of the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for the good of the whole Church. In the Church, the Presence of the Holy Spirit puts everyone on an equal footing, "because each and all are born of the same Spirit; great and small, rich in years and newborns, committed at the universal or rather local level, form the whole, which is greater than the part. "(Pope Francis, 8 June 2019).

Inspired by the intuition of Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens, Pope Francis defined the Charismatic Renewal as a "current of grace", "called to warm the whole Church so that all the baptized may be renewed in the Holy Spirit" (Cardinal Farrell). This current of grace promotes the spiritual life and the proclamation of the Gospel, the ecumenical dimension, service to the poor and social action, with baptism in the Holy Spirit and praise to God at its heart;

 "If the Holy Father has repeatedly asked the members of the Renewal - and especially CHARIS - to spread baptism in the Holy Spirit throughout the Church, it is precisely because he is convinced that baptism in the Holy Spirit is a grace that every baptized person can and should live. It is a personal experience of Pentecost, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the life of the baptized, which is accompanied by an experience of conversion and an encounter with the living Jesus. All this should be part of the normal life of every baptized person, called to holiness," Cardinal Farrell stressed last January in his address to the Brazilian bishops in Recife.

To praise is the movement of the heart turned towards God, but it is not a matter of course in difficult times. In his message for Pentecost 2020, the ecclesiastical assistant of CHARIS, Father Raneiro Cantalamessa, emphasizes that we do not "praise God for the evil that brings all humanity to its knees; we praise him because we are sure that he will be able to draw good even from this evil, for us and for the world. "We see God in Jesus on the Cross. Father Raneiro is also trying to identify already the good received in this situation: to thwart the illusion that one saves oneself, the feeling of solidarity among human beings, the awakening of religious feeling and the need for prayer. "The extraordinary attention to the gestures and words of Pope Francis, even outside the Catholic world, is a sign of this. The Pope said on Good Friday: "We want to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness.

By François PROUTEAU 

You can take part in the Pentecost Vigil on Saturday 30 May at 22:00 (Rome time - UTC+1) animated by CHARIS on line 
From now on, register on the Youtube channel of CHARIS which will transmit the event:
You will be kept informed on the CHARIS website of the concrete means that will be used:


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