RADIO VATICANA REPORT:
About thirty thousand
people attended Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Square Saturday morning to
commemorate forty years since the founding of the Holy Spirit Renewal in Italy.
The Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI),
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, was the main celebrant. The celebration was
immediately followed by a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI, who addressed
the representatives of the Holy Spirit Renewal.
“In your pilgrimage,” the
Holy Father said, “where you have the opportunity to spend time in prayer before
the tomb of Saint Peter, may you reinvigorate your faith, grow in the Christian
witness, and confront without fear, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
the challenging tasks of the new evangelization.”
“Dear friends of the
Holy Spirit Renewal! Never tire of turning towards heaven: the world is in need
of prayer. Be of service to those men and women who feel drawn towards Heaven in
their lives, giving praise to the Lord through a new way of life. And may you be
“I entrust each and every one of you,” he concluded,
“to the most Holy Mary, who was present at the Last Supper and the event of
Pentecost. Persevere with her in prayer, go forward guided by the light of the
Holy Spirit, living and proclaiming the announcement of Christ.”
Father concluded by imparting his Apostolic Blessing upon those who were present
and their families.