Neocatechumenal Families: the New Missionaries

Parents With Children Head to Pagan Territory

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ROME, JAN. 15, 2006 (ZENIT.org).- After Benedict XVI sent some 200 families of the Neocatechumenal Way on mission, the Way\'s founder revealed that these apostles will take on the toughest evangelical tasks.



In an interview with the Veritas news agency, Kiko Argüello explained that the families are destined for places where Christ is absent.

\"Families are sent to areas where the situation is one of total paganism. It is a mission of the purest \'ad gentes\' type,\" he said.

\"Some families go to cities of the former Communist regime where there still are no parishes, to European cities where there are extreme situations of degradation, where the Word of God has not reached,\" he added.

\"We also send families to places in China; this is why they cannot say where they are going,\" said Argüello. \"But we also send them to many countries, above all in Latin America, where the sects are making inroads.

\"We send our families to these pagan countries. And there, they will shape new catecheses as they can. No doubt, in the beginning, they will go from house to house inviting people to know the Gospel and Christ, with their presence, with their coexistence with neighbors, fellow-workers, friends.\"

\"They go where people are not baptized, are without parishes; they go on a mission to the Gentiles, as the Apostles did,\" the Neocatechumenate founder added.

True evangelization

\"There is a very great need to go to countries where the Church is not present, where Christ is not present, because men need to know that love can go on beyond death,\" said Argüello.

The Way sends \"a priest for every three families with all their children, so that they can create communities starting from the family nucleus,\" he clarified.

The initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way was very pleased with the indications given by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments for the celebration of Mass within the Way\'s communities.

Argüello recalled the comment the Pope made last Thursday on the norms and added: \"We were happy to hear him say to us that, with the experience we have lived through in these years, it can be confirmed that the centrality of the mystery of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical rites, is a privileged and indispensable way to build living and persevering Christian communities.

\"We are grateful to him because he has allowed us to continue with the change in the rite of peace, with the echo of the Word ... which for us has been an impulse to do more.\"