Since the beginning of my Pontificate, I have attributed great importance to the path of the ecclesial Movements, and I have been able to appreciate the fruits of their widespread and growing presence in my pastoral visits to parishes and my apostolic trips. I have noted with satisfaction their willingness to put their own energies at the service of the See of Peter and of the local churches. I have noted them as a novelty that has not yet been accepted and valued adequately. Today I note, and for this I am happy, a more mature self awareness. You represent one of the most significant fruits of this springtime of the Church foretold by the Second Vatican Council, but you often unfortunately are blocked by the extended process of secularization.
Your presence is encouraging, since it shows that this springtime is moving forward, showing the freshness of the Christian experience, based on a personal encounter with Christ.@ [Ibid"The movements and new communities, providential expressions of the new springtime brought forth by the Spirit with the Second Vatican Council, announce the power of God's love which in overcoming divisions and barriers of every kind, renews the face of the earth to build the civilization of love".
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