Several times, Popes, both
Paul VI and John Paul II, have addressed the Catholic Charismatic
Renewal. Below you will find some of the most important quotations
that have been given to the Renewal light and strength.
The International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (ICCRS) has published a book with all the messages and addresses which
those Popes have given to CCR. The book, "Then Peter stood up..."
Collection of the Popes' Addresses to the CCR from its origin to the
year 2000, wants to be a special "gift" that ICCRS will publish for
the Holy Year 2000.
"We rejoice with you, dear friends, at the renewal of the spiritual
life manifested in the Church today, in different forms and in various environnements. [...] In all that, we can recognize the mysterious and
discreet work of the Spirit, who is the soul of the church".
Paul VI, I International Leaders' Conference, Grottaferrata (Rome) 10
"How then could this "spiritual renewal" not be "a chance" for the
church and for the world? And how, in this case, could one not take
all the means to ensure that it remains so?"
Paul VI, III International Charismatic Congress, Vatican Basilica, 19
May 1975 (Pentecost Solemnity)
"I am convinced that this movement is a sign of His action (of the
Spirit). The world is much in need of this action of the Holy
Spirit... Now I see this movement, this activity everywhere..."
John Paul II to the Council of the International Office of the
Charismatic Renewal, 11 December 1979
"This morning I have the joy of meeting this assembly of yours, in
which I see young people, adults, old people, men and women, united in
the profession of the same faith, sustained by longing for the same
hope, bound together by bonds of that charity which "has been poured
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us"
(Rm. 5:5). To this effusion of the Spirit we know we owe a deeper and
deeper experience of the presence of Christ, thanks to which we can
grow daily in loving knowledge of the Father. Rightly, therefore, your
movement pays particular attention to the action, mysterious but real,
that the third person of the Holy Trinity plays in the Christian's
John Paul II, First audience to the Italian Charismatic Renewal, 23
"Your reputation goes before you, like that of his beloved
Philippians, which prompted the Apostle Paul to begin his letter to
them with a sentiment I am happy to echo: "I give thanks to my God
every time I think of you...""
John Paul II, IV International Leaders' Conference, 4-10 May 1981
"... I ask you, and all the members of the Charismatic Renewal, to
continue to cry aloud to the world with me: "Open the doors to the
Redeemer"... The church's mission is to proclaim Christ to the world.
You share effectively in this mission insofar as your groups and
communities are rooted in the local churches..."
John Paul II, V International Leaders' Conference, 30 April 1984
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in
the Catholic Church. The vigour and fruitfulness of the Renewal
certainly attest to the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit at work
in the church in these years after the Second Vatican Council. Of
course, the Spirit has guided the church in every age, producing a
great variety of gifts among the faithful. Because of the Spirit, the
church preserves a continual youthful vitality, and the Charismatic
Renewal is an eloquent manifestation of this vitality today, a bold
statement of what "the Spirit is saying to the churches" (Rev. 2:7) as
we approach the close of the second millennium"
John Paul II, VI International Leaders' conference, Rome 15 May 1987
"The Holy Spirit is at work in groups such as yours, drawing you to
prayer and filling you with joy in adoring and praising the Lord...
How can anyone who has tasted the goodness of Christ remain silent and
John Paul II, to the leaders of the Catholic Fraternity of Covenant
Charismatic Communities and Fellowships, Rome 7 December 1991
"As you celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the
Catholic Charismatic Renewal, I willingly join you in giving praise to
God for the many fruits which it has borne in the life of the Church.
The emergence of the Renewal following the Second Vatican Council was
a particular gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church"
John Paul II, to the ICCRO Council, Rome 14th March 1992
"You have just completed a spiritual retreat in Assisi, the city of
St. Francis and also of St. Clare... These great figures of holiness
in the Church made their own the words of St. Paul: "It is no longer I
who live, but Christ who lives in me (Gal 2:20)". Is this not the
ideal and goal which permeates the Charismatic Renewal? Is it not the programme of life which your prayer groups and your communities have
set themselves under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? May the example
and intercession of the great Saints of Assisi strengthen your resolve
to grow continually in evangelical love and service "to the mesure
and the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:13)"
John Paul II, after Assisi Retreat, Castel Gandolfo 18 September 1993
"Your efforts to make known to others the joy of your faith in Christ
will not only contribute to strengthening the life of the local
Churches to which you belong, but will also inspire a deeper and more
mature faith among your own members"
John Paul II to participants in the plenary assembly of the CFCCCF,
Rome 14 November 1994
"How can we fail to praise God for the abundant fruit which in recent
decades the Renewal has brought about in the lives of individuals and
John Paul II, to leader of CFCCCF at the VII Int'l meeting, Rome 9th
"The Catholic Charismatic Renewal has helped many Christians to
rediscover the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives,
in the life of the Church and in the world, and this rediscovery has
awakened in them a faith in Christ filled with joy, a great love of
the Church and a generous dedication to her evangelizing mission. In
this year of the Holy Spirit, I join you in praise of God for the
precious fruits which he has wished to bring to maturity in your
communities and, through them, in the particular Churches"
John Paul II, IX International Leaders' Conference, Fiuggi-Rome 30th