PRESS RELEASE


On Monday January 17th, at noon, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father will receive in audience, the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernandez, with Father Mario Pezzi, accompanied by the itinerant teams responsible for the Way in more than 120 countries. There will also be present the 78 Rectors of the Redemptoris Mater Seminaries, numerous presbyters and seminarians, families in mission, 'missio ad gentes', 'communitates in missionem', and catechists from Rome and Lazio.

During the audience the Pope will send 230 new families in mission to 46 countries of the five continents, who will join the other 600 already sent in previous years by John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Furthermore, he will inaugurate 13 new 'missio ad gentes' in Europe (Germany, Austria, Macedonia, France, Ukraine, Sweden, Hungary) and in South America (Venezuela), which will join the other 30 'missio ad gentes' previously sent. Each of these 'missio ad gentes' is constituted by a presbyter, accompanied by three or four large families, who, requested by a Bishop, receive a mandate to evangelize dechristianized or pagan areas, with the mission, as the Lord says, to make present a Christian community where 'they may be perfectly one so that the world may believe.' John Paul II, in 1985, at the VI Symposium of the European Bishops, said that in order to answer to the secularization in Europe, it is necessary to return to the 'very first apostolic model.' Thus, these 'missio ad gentes', imitating the 'very first apostolic model', meet in the homes in the midst of non-baptized people. After 4 years it can be seen that many far away people and pagans, who would never have gone to Church, are coming near.

In these days the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has communicated to the Pontifical Council for the Laity that, 'following a thorough doctrinal study of the matter', the catecheses of the Way, used by the teams of catechists, now become 'Catechetical Directory of the Neo Catechumenal Way,' because, 'they do not represent anymore only the Orientations for the Teams of catechists, having being amended by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and integrated with footnotes of different parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.' The Pontifical Council for the Laity has communicated this approval, which gives 'security for the implementation of the Neocatechumenal Way, marking the conclusion of its institutional iter, and offering also doctrinal guarantee to all the Shepherds of the Church.'