It's a bit sad to see members of the Neocatechumenal Way continually grasping to be validated by the public. Melvin Quinene gives another example of this self-absorbed exercise in yesterday's Pacific Daily News.
3. Quinene quietly avoids the pope's opening remarks to the NCW, which were actually quite astounding given that - as mentioned in Item 2 - popes don't normally chastise such groups or even their leadership publicly. Francis opened his remarks by making it quite clear that he had not called them to meet with him, but that they had called him. And he also made it quite clear that he was not sending them anywhere or particularly blessing their "charism", but that he had been "asked" to do so. In fact - and this has to be an extremely unique occurrence - he joked about being paid to do it. Read the pope's actual comments here:
(BTW. Apuron's next trip? April 5 to Tel Aviv for another Kiko shindig. Wonder if Luis will be going along?)