Neocatechumenal Way: Itinerary of Christian Initiation Approved

As expected, by Pope Benedict XVI:

Addressing more than 7,000 people of the Neocatechumenal Way, Pope Benedict XVI has approved the celebrations marking the itinerary of Christian initiation. It took place during an audience at the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall…

And Vatican Radio

On Friday The Holy See officially approved the catechetical journey of Christian initiation of the Neocatechumenal Way.

The act of approval was promulgated at an audience in the Vatican where 7,000 members of the movement will be present. The cause for approval has been in the hands of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the past fifteen years. In 2008, the Holy See approved the final version of the movement’s Statutes, and last year approved the thirteen volumes of the Catechetical Directory.

The Holy Father has marked the celebrations by sending 17 Missio Ad Gentes to various places in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Each Missio Ad Gentes consists of one priest and three or four families, who are asked to go together on mission to places that have either been de-Christianized, or that have never heard the Gospel.

These Misso Ad Gentes follow 40 others who were sent throughout the world by Pope Benedict XVI in previous years.

Wikipedia has more on the Neocatechumenate.

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TAC Priest in South Africa.
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