THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER
TO PARTICIPANTS OF THE THIRD WORLD CONGRESS OF
ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AND NEW COMMUNITIES
We just finished the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements
and New Communities here in Rome, a three-day conference.
The first one was held in 1998 and the second one in 2006.
In attendance were 300 participants from 100 ecclesial movements
from all continents.
Pope Francis’ address affirms our life and mission.
“At the heart of your deliberations in these days are
two elements which are essential for Christian life: conversion
and mission.” Our mission work is to evangelize,
to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the goal of bringing
people to conversion and renewal.
“The Movements and New Communities that you represent
are moving towards a deeper sense of belonging to the Church,
....” In 2007 we moved deeper into the heart of the
Church, proclaiming our Core Value of Being a Servant
to the Church. In 2011 we moved even deeper, with the
launch of LCSC, bringing our evangelistic ministry into the
very heart of the Church.
“First, it is necessary to preserve the freshness of
your charism, .... As time goes by, there is a greater temptation
to become comfortable, to become hardened in set ways of doing
things, which, while reassuring, are nonetheless sterile.”
As our fidelity to our life and mission waned, as our evangelization
stalled, as brethren became comfortable, the Lord gave us
LCSC, by which our charism for massive evangelization is being
renewed with an invigorating freshness.
“The newness of your experiences does not consist in
methods or forms, which are important, but rather in your
willingness to respond with renewed enthusiasm to the Lord’s
call.” The Lord has called us to the New Evangelization
through LCSC, but some are still not seeing or are resisting
the call. I urge everyone to respond with renewed enthusiasm.
“One other consideration we must never forget is that
the most precious good, the seal of the Holy Spirit, is communion.”
We still need to work at unity of heart and mind, and unity
in vision and mission. “If, on the other hand, the world
sees divisions, rivalries and backbiting, regardless of the
cause, how can we evangelize?” Those who cause division,
engage in rivalries, and backbite, seriously affect negatively
our work of evangelization. They must reform their ways.
“In addition, real communion cannot exist in Movements
or in New Communities unless these are integrated within the
greater communion of our Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church.”
We are well on our way in this regard. Indeed, among the new
ecclesial movements, it is CFC-FFL that has found the path
of integration and greater communion with the institutional
The pope also speaks of “the profound joy of proclaiming
the Gospel, which is the foundation of your charisms.”
Indeed, our charism is evangelization, founded on family renewal.
With LCSC we are now focused on the proclamation of the gospel,
the kerygma. In all this work, let us be ever joyful,
knowing that we are serving Christ and his Church.