CONSECRATED LIFE: MGR. MASSAFRA (CCEE), "PAINFUL STORIES" IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BISHOPS AND CHARISMS” “

There are many "painful stories" in the relationship between bishops and the charisms generated in the Church. But "pointing the finger" does not solve the problem. We should rather think of the Year of Consecrated Life as a "suitable opportunity for you to discover a further motive for renewal and for the whole Church to allow itself to be ‘seasoned’ by your humble but incisive presence". These are the words addressed by Mgr. Angelo Massafra, President of the Albanian Bishops’ Conference and CCEE Vice-President (Council of European Bishops’ Conferences), to participants at the General Assembly of UCESM – the Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors (www.ucesm.net) – gathered for their annual meeting in Tirana from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 March. In the Year of Consecrated Life, the Franciscan Bishop focused his remarks on the correct interpretation of the relationship between bishops and the consecrated life, and in particular on the charism of the unity of the bishop in the relationship with the various ecclesial bodies. "The bishop – Mgr. Massafra said – has precisely the main duty of discerning, recognising, accepting and encouraging the development of the charisms which the Holy Spirit generates in the midst of his people, both in individuals, and in Institutes of consecrated life, and in Movements or Associations". (continued)

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