Charismatic Renewal

Fr. Ignatius Dancing in town

In picture Fr. Ignatius joins the praise team in dancing during the witness walk in Mongu Town.

Fr. Ignatius Muyunda was the Diocesan Chaplain for the Catholic Charimatic Renewal in Mongu Diocese besides being the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, not adding his other responsiblities of being Chairperson of the local Diocesan Clergy, Board Chairperson of Mongu Trades Training Institute, and Director of the Charity. He took time to visit and mobilese the Charismatic Renewal in all the parishes in Mongu Diocese together with the Evangelisation team.

Fr. Ignatius Holding the Placard with the ushers In the Stadium Radio Liseli Reporter carrying live broadcast of the witness walk


“We live in the Church at a privileged moment of the Spirit”: declared His Holiness Paul VI in the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Nuntiandi” (n. 75). There are, indeed, many signs throughout the world by which we can see the fruits of the Spirit. Currents, movements and testimonies of holiness renew the communion and the mission of the Church, built on hierarchical and charismatic gifts. Among them are the Catholic Charismatic Renewal or Renewal in the Spirit and the new forms of Community life arising from it. “The vigour and the fruits of the Renewal – said His Holiness John Paul II to the participants in the 6th International Assembly of Charismatic Renewal, on 15 May 1987 – certainly testify to the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church during these years following the Second Vatican Council. The Spirit has, of course, guided the Church in every age bringing forth a great variety of gifts among the faithful. Thanks to the Spirit, the Church constantly keeps her youth and vitality. And the Charismatic Renewal is an eloquent manifestation of this vitality today, a vigorous affirmation of what “the Spirit is saying to the Churches” (Rev. 2:7), as we draw near to the end of the second millennium”.

To support the very different realities of individuals and groups that respond to the current of the Catholic Charismatic movement, since 1978, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service has given a concrete and positive response facilitating communication and cooperation among everyone.

Accepting now the request to obtain pontifical recognition made by ICCRS, according to the current Code of Canon Law,

Appreciating the aims of the ICCRS of “service and promotion of the CCR all over the world, under the Holy Spirit’s action” (art. 1), having “a special concern for the faithfulness to the Catholic Church of charismatic renewal participants, both individuals and groups, and for their obedience to the Pope as well as to the other bishops, according to the Church’s teachings” (art. 3),

Having examined attentively the Statutes presented by the ICCRS and consulted several canonists, and following the incorporation in the statutes of observations made by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and by the same ICCRS on July 8, 1993,

In continuing and strengthening a more institutional and regular relationship between ICCRS and the Holy See, particularly through the Pontifical Council for the Laity, whose Vice-President, Bishop Paul J. Cordes, has been nominated by the Holy Father as Episcopal Advisor of ICCRS, “ad personam”,

Comforted by the positive testimonies given by many Cardinals and Bishops concerning the service rendered by ICCRS in the communion and mission of the Church,

Keeping also in mind that on 30 November 1990 the Pontifical Council for the Laity granted recognition to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, as a private association of the faithful, and in the hope that there will be a fruitful relationship of dialogue and cooperation between this association and ICCRS,

The Pontifical Council for the Laity decrees:

The recognition of ICCRS as a body for the promotion of the CCR, with a juridical personality, according to Can. 116, approving their Statutes, in their original form, deposited in the Archives of this Dicastery.

Bishop Paul J. Cordes, Vice-president Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, President

From the Vatican, 14 September, 1993, Feast of the Glorification of the Cross


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