Members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand pose for a photo at Tor Vergata, Rome.

By Andrew J. Wong

About 160 members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand were in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement with Pope Francis.

The Neocatechumenal Way guides Catholics in an itinerary of exploring the meaning of their baptism and learning to live according to its promises.

After the milestone celebration on May 5 at Tor Vergata, on the edge of Rome, some Singaporean members shared their experience.

Mr Cyprian Chia, 22, from the Church of St Anthony, said that the meeting with the pope validated “the path I have taken for my faith journey.” He added that he was inspired to continue the necessary work of spreading the Gospel to others.

The celebration with the pope encouraged Mr Casimir Simon, 24, deeply, as the pontiff affirmed the “whole purpose” of the Neocatechumenal Way, “which is to carry on the work of the new evangelisation,” he

The Singapore contingent outside the Basilica of St John Lateran.

Ms Jane Loo, 47, from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, said she was “moved” by Pope Francis’ “strong affirmation and encouragement for the charism” of the movement.

Fr Timothy Yeo, parish priest of Queen of Peace Church, said he was grateful to hear Pope Francis give thanks for the 50 years of the Neocatechumenal Way; in particular, the Holy Father saying that “this charism is a great gift of God for the Church of our times.”

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