On the plane home from Brazil, Pope Francis went into the Press compartment and gave an interview lasting an hour and twenty one minutes. Whilst the full transcript is not yet available some of his comments during the Q&A session have been published in the National Catholic Reporter. Those on the Charismatic Movement are published here and others will follow.
“We talked about the statistics regarding Pentecostals with the bishops on Brazil in a meeting yesterday. I’ll tell you something about the charismatic movement … at the end of the 70s and in the 80s, I wasn’t a big fan. I used to say they confused the holy liturgy with a school of samba! I was converted when I got to know them better and saw the good they do. In this moment of the life of the church, the movements are necessary. They’re a grace of the Spirit, and in general they do much good for the church. The charismatic renewal movement isn’t just about winning back a few Pentecostals, but it serves the church and its renewal.”