What does the Church, the Pope, and other church leaders have to say

about Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

“Thanks to the Charismatic Movement, a multitude of Christians, men and women, young people and adults have rediscovered Pentecost as a living reality in their daily lives. I hope that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread in the Church as a renewed incentive to prayer, holiness, communion and proclamation.”

Read the full homily here Pope John Paul II

First Vespers of Pentecost Homily, Saturday, 29 May 2004

“Fuller life in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s charismatic anointing, endows the church with a full range of gifts. Gifts of adoration, praise and prayer deepen the contemplative dimension of Christian faith. Gifts of service animate a life of Christian holiness committed to justice. All the charisms bring a new docility to the Spirit, an expectant faith in God’s saving intervention in human affairs, an enhanced zeal for the gospel, and a respect for authority in the church.” 

Fanning the Flame document

page 12

“For this reason, I also say to you: ‘Open yourselves with docility to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Receive with gratitude and obedience the charisms that the Spirit does not cease to offer! Do not forget that all charisms are given for the common good, that is, for the benefit of the whole Church!’ “

(“Insegnamenti,” XXI, 1 [1998], p. 1122)

Pope John Paul II


“Charismatic Renewal is a work of the Holy Spirit responding to the spiritual needs of our time. It is a sign in the life of the Church of the continuing relevance of the ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ on the baptized, which gives life and direction to the Church in the accomplishment of its mission in the world.”


Bishop Paul Josef Cordes

in his book: Call to Holiness

What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
“It is an experience of the person of the Holy Spirit bringing alive in new ways to the graces we have already received through our baptism. And it’s the Holy Spirit coming and bringing new gifts in our lives.” 

Charles Whitehead

National Director of Catholic Charismatic Renewal - England

“Your contribution to the life of the Church, through your faithful witness to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit has helped many people to rediscover in their own lives the beauty and grace given to them at Baptism, the gateway to life in the Spirit (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213). It has helped them know the power of the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit conferred at Confirmation (cf. Ibid. 1302). I join you in praising the Most Holy Trinity for the work of the Spirit who continues to draw people more fully into the life of Christ and to render their bonds with the Church more perfect (cf. Lumen Gentium, 11)”

John Paul II

Nov. 10, 2002

“Baptism in the Spirit is not a human invention; it is a divine invention. It is a renewal of baptism and of the whole of Christian life, of all the sacraments.”

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

preacher to the Papal Household, September 2003

“[Charismatic Renewal] is not a spirituality as such. The movements have a spirituality and emphasize a particular aspect, for example, charity.

First of all, Charismatic Renewal does not have a founder. No one thinks of attributing a founder to Charismatic Renewal because it is something that started in many places in different ways. And it does not have a spirituality; it is Christian life lived in the Spirit.”  

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

preacher to the Papal Household, September 2003

“The Catholic Charismatic Renewal has helped many Christians to rediscover the presence and power of the Holy Spirit …and this rediscovery has awakened in them a faith in Christ filled with joy.”

John Paul II

Address to Charismatic Renewal Leaders, 1998

“The Church is called to “evangelize, sanctify and renew the face of the earth.”

Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, 2

Click Here to view a good website highlighting presentations made at Pentecost 2006 when Pope Benedict called the Ecclesial Movements to Rome (including Catholic Charismatic Renewal).