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Vatican cardinal: Church looks upon new movements with ‘great hope’ for Year of Faith

September 19, 2012

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the president of the Pontifical Council said that “the Church looks with great hope to the ecclesial movements and the new communities” in the upcoming Year of Faith.

“These groups offer specific itineraries of faith generated by their respective charisms for the very purpose of living the faith in a new way, in the world's new social and cultural settings which surround us,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko. “They are itineraries of faith which make it possible to discover day after day the beauty of faith, which enables us to rediscover the ‘taste for God.’”

Citing St. Matthew’s Gospel, Cardinal Rylko added that

an urgent need is being felt to rediscover faith as that “hidden treasure,” that “precious pearl,” for which it is worth giving everything. Rediscovering faith must be a goal for all of us believers …

Many of the baptized, in fact, claim that faith is a heavy burden that stands in the way of enjoying life, or believe that the observance of the Commandments does not permit one to be fully free and happy. Faith is neither an obstacle nor a burden; rather, it is a precious gift that unfolds new and fascinating horizons in our life. We must rediscover faith as a true, deep encounter with God.


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