Pope Francis invited charismatics from around the world to a special Pentecost celebration in Rome in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. During this 5-day event, charismatic leaders from around the world spoke and gave workshops on baptism in the Holy Spirit, using the charisms, evangelism, ecumenism, and much more.

On the eve of Pentecost, Pope Francis addressed the Renewal at Circus Maximus. Key excerpts from his address are below, as well as links to the full address and other events of the celebration.

Official CCR Jubilee Event Website

Pentecost Vigil of Prayer: Full address of Pope Francis at Circus Maximus (excerpted below)

Prophetic Word from Patti Mansfield

Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Homily of Pope Francis

Article: Jubilee in Rome Highlights Charismatic Fruits in Francis’ Pentecost Papacy

Videos of 37 talks and workshops Many of the videos are in English, and for most of those that are not, you can access English subtitles by clicking on the Settings wheel at the bottom of the video, and then selecting “Subtitles”.



Circus Maximus – Saturday, June 3, 2017


Today we are here in a kind of Upper Room beneath the open sky, unafraid, under the open sky and with our hearts open to the promise of the Father. “All of us who believe” have gathered here, all of us who confess that “Jesus is Lord”. Many have come from different parts of the world, and the Holy Spirit has brought us together to build bonds of fraternal friendship that encourage us on our journey towards unity, unity for mission. Not to stand still! But for mission, to proclaim that Jesus is Lord – Jesús es el Señor. To proclaim together the love of the Father for all his children. To proclaim the Good News to all peoples. To demonstrate that peace is possible. It is not so easy to show this world today that peace is possible, but in the name of Jesus we can show by our testimony that peace is possible! It is possible if we are at peace with one another. If we emphasize our differences, we are at war among ourselves and we cannot proclaim peace. Peace is possible, based on our confession that Jesus is Lord and on our evangelization along this path. It is possible. Even by showing that we have differences – this is obvious, we have differences – but that we desire to be a reconciled diversity. We should not forget that phrase, but say it to everyone: reconciled diversity. The phrase is not mine. It comes from a Lutheran brother. Reconciled diversity.

Now we are here and we are many! We have gathered to pray together, to ask the Holy Spirit to come upon each of us, so that we can go forth into the streets of the city and the world to proclaim the lordship of Jesus Christ.

We have assembled here from 120 countries throughout the world, to celebrate the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in the Church that occurred fifty years ago and started… an institution? No. An organization? No. A flood of grace, the flood of grace of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. A work that was born… Catholic? No. It was born ecumenical! It was born ecumenical because it is the Holy Spirit who creates unity, and the same Spirit who granted the inspiration for this. It is important to read the works of Cardinal Suenens on this: it is very important!

The coming of the Holy Spirit changes fearful men, enclosed behind shut doors, into courageous witnesses of Jesus.

From the beginning it has been the Spirit who impels all the believers to proclaim the Lord.

Today we have chosen to assemble here, in this place – as Pastor Traettino said – because here, during the persecutions, Christians were martyred for the entertainment of onlookers. Today there are more martyrs than then! Today there are more martyrs, Christians. Those who kill Christians do not ask them first: Are you Orthodox? Are you Catholic? Are you Evangelical? Are you Lutheran? Are you Calvinist? No. They ask if they are Christians, and when they say yes, they immediately slit their throats. Today there are more martyrs than in the early times. This is the ecumenism of blood. The witness of our martyrs today brings us together. In different parts of the world, Christian blood is being shed! Today Christian unity is more urgent than ever, Christians united by the power of the Holy Spirit, in prayer and in activity on behalf of the most vulnerable. To walk together, to work together, to love one another, and together to seek to explain our differences, to come to agreement, but as we keep walking! If we stop walking, we will never come to agreement. So it is, because the Spirit wants us to keep walking.

Fifty years is a good time in life to stop and reflect. It is the time for reflection: the halfway point of life. And I would add this: it is the time to press forward with greater strength, leaving behind the accumulated dust of time, giving thanks for what we have received and looking ahead to new things, with trust in the working of the Holy Spirit!

This flood of grace is for the whole Church, not just for some,
and none of us is the “master” and the others servants.
No. We are all servants of this flood of grace.

Along with this experience, you constantly remind the Church of the power of prayer of praise. Praise that is the prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s gracious love. Perhaps some people do not like this way of praying, but surely it is fully a part of the biblical tradition.

Exultation, happiness, joy that is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit! Either a Christian experiences joy in his or her heart, or something is wrong. The joy of proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel!

Baptism in the Holy Spirit, praise, social action. The three things are inseparably linked. I can give deep thanks, but if I do not help those in need, it is not enough. “There was not a needy person among them”, says the Book of Acts (4:34).

Dear brothers and sisters, my wish for you is that this will be a time of reflection, a time for remembering your origins. A time too, to leave behind everything motivated by self-concern. May it become a desire instead to listen to, and joyfully accept, the working of the Holy Spirit, who blows where and how he wills!

Thank you, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, for what you have given to the Church in these fifty years! The Church counts on you, on your fidelity to God’s word, on your readiness to serve, and on your testimony of lives transformed by the Holy Spirit!

To share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church, to praise the Lord unceasingly, to walk together with Christians of different Churches and Ecclesial Communities in prayer and activity on behalf of those in greatest need, to serve the poor and the sick. This is what the Church and the Pope expect from you, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, but also from everyone here: all of you who have become part of this flood of grace.


Summer Schedule: To give everyone a summer break, we'll only be having Upper Room on 2nd and 4th Fridays through August. At Praise & Worship on 2nd Fridays we'll have prayer ministry, and we'll leave the 4th Fridays flexible for extended praise, testimonies, etc. There will still be a 5:30pm Mass on the other Fridays of the month.
Next Upper Room: Friday, July 27 Come for Mass, bring your dinner, and stay for another evening basking in Our Lord's presence at Praise & Worship!
Upper Room Praise & Worship Pondering, 7/13/18: Praising God enables us to bask in His presence, and to receive His love which is as real as the rays of sun that warm us and bring life!
DIY Praise & Worship: Summer Edition Click on this new blog post to jump-start your own personal praise & worship time with Jesus!
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10

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