Kiko Argüello Meets With Benedict XVI

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 27, 2007 ( Benedict XVI received Kiko Argüello, the founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, in audience on Saturday, the Vatican press office reported.

The Neocatechumenal Way, whose statutes were approved for five years "ad experimentum" by the Holy See in June 2002, is at the service of diocesan bishops and pastors as a way of rediscovering the sacrament of baptism and promoting ongoing education in the faith.

The journey began in 1964 when Argüello left everything to go live with the poor in the slums on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain.

There are an estimated 20,000 communities of the Neocatechumenal Way in more than 6,000 parishes in 900 dioceses, which gather together around a million Catholics.