09/13/2011, 00.00
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Malaysia, Catholic charismatics set up national coordination body

The Catholic charismatic leaders of the nine formations in the country have agreed to work with, and closer cooperation with the Church hierarchy. "A healthy balance between the life of the movement and ministry of service and to others."
Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The "elders" of the nine Catholic charismatic communities, called the "Covenant" came together last Sunday at Bundu Thuan to discuss, pray and lay the foundations for closer cooperation, especially in light of the increasing problems that the Christian minority in the country is facing. The Fraternity of Catholic Charismatic Communities of the Covenant was inaugurated by John Paul II in 1990, which defined these movements as "a great spiritual resource for the Church and humanity, a gift of the Holy Spirit for our time and a sign of hope for all peoples. "

During the meeting, opened by a Mass celebrated by Archbishop John Lee of Kota Kinabalu, the leaders pointed out some problems facing the community. "We must avoid being isolated, or elitist. We must become aware of our gifts, and our role, both individually and as a community, and have a healthy balance between movement life and the ministry of service to others. " In particular, the groups made the decision to "not be in competition with other groups to serve the Church, but to be open to serve in areas that need urgent attention and where no one else is involved", and this was the conclusion reached by participants at the conference, including Joseph Chee and Anthony Lim, "historic" leaders of this reality. "Being Catholic means being ecclesial by nature, bound to the authority of the Church and other organizations."

The final commitment was to establish a central coordinating body for the communities of the "Covenant" in Malaysia. "As a community of the Covenant, we must not work in isolation, but the support our sister communities." Recalling the Pope’s appeal to be ecclesiastical in nature, and to work together, the "elders" have created a coordination center, which will be called "Fraternity of Catholic Charismatic Communities of the Covenant". The two communities have also received specific recommendations: put greater emphasis on a solid formation in prayer, in the Word and in the exercise of their spiritual gifts, and work in close collaboration with parishes and Church leaders. The next conference will be held in Kuching in 2012.

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