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Charismatic renewal group convenes
Movement looks to boost interest and members in Papua provinces
- Agapitus Batbual, Merauke
- July 12, 2011
The convention, which started on Sunday and runs until July 14, is being attended by 255 Catholics from all the dioceses in both provinces.
Charismatic renewal is a movement whereby worship is characterized by more animated Masses and prayer meetings featuring healing and prophecy, which members believe existed in the early Church.
The ability to heal is a â€śgiftâ€ť from the Holy Spirit, they say.
Bishop Petrus Boddeng Timang of Banjarmasin, Sacred Heart Archbishop Nicolaus Adi Seputra of Merauke and Franciscan Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar of Jayapura as well as several priests were to deliver talks at the five-day gathering.
Serving as an episcopal advisor to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Indonesia,Â Bishop Timang said the land of Papua is like the dawn of the East. â€śAll five bishops in Papua and West Papua provinces support the growth of charismatic renewal although it only has a few members,â€ť he added.
He, however, believed the convention â€śis a good opportunity to introduce the movement to all Catholics in the provinces.â€ť
In his homily during a Mass to open the convention, Bishop Seputra stressed the importance of the Holy Spirit.
â€śThis conventionâ€™s theme and sub-theme speak of the Holy Spirit. It means the Holy Spirit is working in the lands of Papua and West Papua,â€ť he said.
The conventionâ€™s theme and sub-theme are â€śbe fervent in spirit and serve the Lordâ€ť (Romans 12:11) and â€śI will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within youâ€ť (Ezekiel 36:26).
â€śThe Church has so many riches given by the Holy Spirit. Use them to renew the world,â€ť he said.
According to Sacred Heart Father Viktor Kaanubun, an organizer, the convention â€“ held every three years -- also aims to boost brotherhood among movement members and to strengthen their faith in God.