NEW ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS
HARNESSING THE NEW WIND OF MISSIONARY FERVOUR
One of the notable reasons for the dynamism and vitality in many
dioceses and regions across the globe has been one or the other new
generation Catholic associations called Ecclesial Movements. They
are there in a variety of hues and forms all over the world, making
perceptible difference. To think of specific instances, there is Focolare,
founded in 1943 at Trent in Italy, having more than 5,000,000
adherents spread over 182 nations; Neocatechumenal Way had its
beginnings in Madrid and has now more than a million followers
around the world; the Catholic Charismatic Renewal with its
beginnings in the United States in 1967 has touched millions of lives
in almost all the countries of the world; there is Opus Dei,
Communion & Liberation, Couples for Christ, and host of other
movements now flourishing in the Catholic Church, making the
Mother Church ever more youthful and leading it to fresh and
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