News Archive

The Charismatic Renewal and the fruit of Holiness

(1 January 1985) A new document approved by the United State Bishops’ Conference “commends the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the fruit of holiness and good works born in the lives of those who become involved in this movement”.

Papal Award

(1 July 1984) Rev. David DuPlessis (“Mr. Pentecost”) received last November the Benemerenti Medal for “meritorious service” to Christianity. The gold medal and certificate were presented in the Vatican by Cardinal Willebrands of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, to manifest the appreciation of the Holy See for the Pentecostal leader’s ministry of “forgiveness and unity” among all Christians.

1st European Leaders' Conference

(1 September 1983) “Re-Evangelizing Europe for Christ” was the theme of the First European Leaders’ Conference held in Rome, September 22-26, 1983. Sixty leaders from 18 countries hailed the event as “very successful”, “challenging”, and “most encouraging”.

A meeting with the Pope

(1 July 1983) Fr. Fio Mascarenhas, S.J. and Fr. Tom Forrest C.Ss.R. of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office were privileged to meet with Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo on July 19th, 1983.

Pan-African Leaders' Congress

(1 March 1983) Sixty joyful leaders from twelve English-speaking countries of Africa gathered in Nairobi, January 12th to 16th, 1983, to pray and share together about their Christian vocation to be “A Holy People, A Royal Priesthood, A Chosen Race”. Speakers at the Conference were Fr. Rufus Pereira of India, and Fathers Bob Faricy SJ, and Fio Mascarenhas SJ, of Rome.

ICCRO Council meets with Pope John Paul II

(1 January 1983) On the morning of Thursday, November 18th, 1982, the International Council of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal participated in the private morning Mass of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. At 6:45 sharp, Swiss guards conducted the small group through the Vatican courtyard of San Damaso to the Apostolic Palace, where an elevator brought them to the floor of the papal residence.

Meeting with Mother Teresa of Calcutta

(2 September 1982) Father Tom Forrest and Fr. Fio Masarenhas met recently in Rome with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, to share about worldwide priests’ retreat being planned in Rome for 1984. In the conversation, she immediately emphasized how we must begin now to fast and pray for the retreat’s success.

2nd Asian Leaders' Conference

(1 September 1982) One hundred and thirty leaders from 18 countries of Asia and Oceania gathered in Singapore, September 13th-17th, 1982, to share and pray about “Evangelizing Asia for Christ”.

Resignation of Episcopal Advisor

(2 March 1982) In early February, Cardinal Suenens of Brussels advised us of his decision to resign as Episcopal Advisor to the International Council of the Catholic Charismatic renewal. Cardinal Suenens has served as Episcopal Advisor to the International Office since it moved to Brussels, Belgium, in August, 1976, and to the International Council since it came into existence during the International Leaders’ Conference of Dublin, in June, 1978.

ICCRO meets with Pope John Paul II

(1 March 1982) On the morning of March 15th, 1982, the staff of the ICCRO was invited to attend the seven o’clock morning Mass of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.
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