Movements in the News

Another comment often made in the wake of the conclave was that B16 was going to be much less open to the new movements. Yet some 30 new Marian movements more or less took over St. Peter's this weekend (the reason for the Fatima reference in the Angelus, no doubt --the Pope knew most of his congregants were from this conference).

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 5, 2005 ( Thousands of members of 30 Italian Marian associations gathered together for the first time in St. Peter's Basilica for a prayer meeting. On Saturday, 6,000 faithful venerated the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and meditated on the message the Blessed Virgin gave the three Portuguese shepherds in 1917. The meeting opened with an address by Father Gabriele Amorth, exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, who underlined with examples that consecration to Mary is a means to belong more profoundly to Christ. After Eucharistic adoration and the rosary, led by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the vicar general for Vatican City State, a solemn Mass took place, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome. The Mass included the Act of Consecration to the Virgin. "Devotion to the Virgin is expressed in faith, in Christian love, and in making our life a Eucharistic existence," said Cardinal Ruini, reported Vatican Radio.