Heralds of the Gospel

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Heralds of the Gospel
Evangelii Praecones
Medalhão Arautos do Evangleho.jpg
Symbol of the Heralds of the Gospel
Formation2001; 18 years ago (2001)
FounderJoão Scognamiglio Clá Dias
TypeCatholic religious order
Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, of the Heralds of the Gospel with some cooperator members visible.

The Heralds of the Gospel (Portuguese: Arautos do Evangelho; Latin: Evangelii Praecones, abbreviated to EP)[1] is a Roman Catholic International Association of Pontifical Right based in Brazil.[2] Founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the organization is active in 78 countries.[3]


The Heralds of the Gospel were founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP, who was for many years close to Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, whom he considers his mentor, and they also follow the main beliefs of the original Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. The main difference is that they fully accept the Vatican Council II and their reforms, unlike them.[4] They were created on 21 September 1999, and were recognized as an International Association of Pontifical Right, the first established by the Holy See in the third millennium, on the liturgical feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 22 February 2001.[5]

Consisting mainly of young people, this Association is established in 78 countries. Its members practice celibacy, and are entirely dedicated to apostolate, living in separate houses designated for young men and young women. Their life of recollection, study and prayer alternates with evangelizing activities in dioceses and parishes, with special emphasis placed on the formation of youth. They also have a cooperator branch (formerly called companions in English) for those who cannot dedicate their lives entirely to apostolic works due to their own vocation, whether they married, single or even clerics.[6]

Heralds of the Gospel at the church of San Benedetto in Piscinula


The spirituality of the Heralds of the Gospel is based on three essential points: The Eucharist, the Virgin Mary and the Pope. These points are represented in the emblem that distinguishes them. The three devotions can be seen in the symbol of the Heralds of the Gospel.

Their charism leads them to strive for perfection, while always searching for beauty in all their daily actions.


Seeing in culture and art efficacious tools of evangelization, the Heralds of the Gospel characteristically place special emphasis on both choral and instrumental music. Hence, the Heralds have formed various choirs and symphonic bands to bring their message of faith, incentive and confidence to today's humanity.

The main musical ensemble of these neo-evangelizers – the International Choir and Symphonic Band – was started in São Paulo with members united from diverse nations. This musical ensemble has traveled to numerous cities, states, countries and continents, giving presentations in churches, auditoriums and stadiums full of people thirsting for beauty and spirituality.

Societies of Apostolic Life[edit]

San Benedetto in Piscinula Church, in Rome

As a further development of the charism, the family of the Heralds of the Gospel has given rise to two societies of apostolic life:

  • Virgo Flos Carmeli, the priestly branch of the Heralds, was born in 2005 with the ordinations of the first fifteen priests, including the founder of the Heralds of the Gospel.
  • Regina Virginum, the feminine branch was born later on Christmas of 2005.

Both societies received papal approval in 2009, becoming a clerical society of apostolic life of pontifical right and a feminine society of apostolic life of pontifical right, respectively.

"Arising from within the Heralds of the Gospel, and sharing the same values, the two new societies of apostolic life, however, have distinct natures. Virgo Flos Carmeli – "Virgin Flower of Carmel", in English – is characterized as a clerical society, in other words, consisting mainly of priests, while the society of apostolic life Regina Virginum – "Queen of Virgins" – is formed by women.

According to the Vatican decree, Virgo Flos Carmeli "is born amidst a loving and pertinacious catechesis on the Church and the Roman Pontiff, as well as respect for the importance of sacralization, to the greatest extent possible, of the values of temporal life." The decree goes on to state that the society is characterized by the defense of orthodoxy, purity of customs and the spirit of hierarchy, "as well as the desire to rekindle in humanity the distinction between good and evil (...)."

Virgo Flos Carmeli was founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, E.P., founder and president of the Heralds of the Gospel, and was erected by the then Bishop of Avezzano, Italy, the Most Rev. Lucio Angelo Maria Renna, on 15 June 2006.

Afterward, the Most Rev. José Maria Pinheiro, Bishop of Bragança Paulista, where the Motherhouse of the Society is located, requested Pontifical approval of Virgo Flos Carmeli from the Pope.

Regina Virginum, for its part, had its approval signed on 26 April. According to the Vatican decree, the Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, also founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, "arose as an expression of the charism of the Heralds of the Gospel, applied to the specific conditions of feminine life, striving to manifest its own characteristics in a particular way within the secularised world."[7]


Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica.

The Heralds of the Gospel are growing, expanding their missionary activities to several countries and new cities in recent years. It is one of the fastest growing religious families today.

As the Holy Father had said: "...There are also, however, new Catholic awakenings, a dynamic of new movements, for instance, the "Heralds of the Gospel", young people who are seized by the enthusiasm of having acknowledged Christ as the Son of God and of bringing him into the world."[8]

The first church entrusted to the Heralds by Pope John Paul II was San Benedetto in Piscinula in Rome in 2003 and have built more since, the first one being honored with the title of basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica.

Pope Francis also honored another church of the Heralds of the Gospel with the title of basilica.[9]

They also operate several schools and are in partnerships with several other educational institutions, such as the Lumen Veritatis Academy,[10] of noted academic and Catholic religious education excellence.

Many of the Heralds of the Gospel members receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, through the Society of the Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli.,[11] with great numbers of vocations.

Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica view


A video presented by Andrea Tornielli,[12] in an article published in the newspaper La Stampa,[13] showed several members of the Heralds of the Gospel listening to a description of an "exorcism". It was reported that the Vatican started an investigation on the Heralds of the Gospel following the disclosure of the video.[14]

The Heralds issued a clarification note stating that this was an old video and that the leak had occurred improperly as it was for theological studies. It further clarified that all the appropriate steps had been taken under Canon Law and in light of the Catholic theology.[15]


  1. ^ "EWTN library". EWTN. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Heralds of the Gospel main page". Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  3. ^ "The Founder". Heralds of the Gospel. 22 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Disciple and "Alter Ego" of Dr. Plinio". Heralds of the Gospel Canada. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ "International Associations of the Faithful, Directory - Pontifical Coucils for the Laity". www.vatican.va. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Companions". Heralds of the Gospel Canada. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ http://heralds.blog.arautos.org/2009/05/07/virgo-flos-carmeli-and-regina-virginum-the-two-most-recent-societies-of-apostolic-life-approved-by-the-vatican/ Heralds of the Gospel Official Blog
  8. ^ 1927-, Benedict XVI, Pope, (2010). Light of the World : the Pope, the Church, and the signs of the times. Seewald, Peter., Miller, Michael J., Walker, Adrian J., 1968-. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. ISBN 9781586176068. OCLC 688493182.
  9. ^ "Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima (Embu das Artes)", Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre (in Portuguese), 6 July 2018, retrieved 28 September 2018
  11. ^ "Ordenações diaconais e presbiterais nos Arautos do Evangelho (Diaconal and Priestly ordinations in the Heralds of the Gospel)". Gaudium Press. 2 January 2018.
  12. ^ "What is the intention of Mr. Andrea Tornielli in attacking the Heralds of the Gospel? To Create a Schism in the Church?". 17 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Return of the Vocations Crisis | Marco Tosatti". First Things. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Destined to a Higher Mission". Heralds of the Gospel Canada. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ Arautos do Evangelho: Nota de Esclarecimento, Arquidiocese de São Salvador da Bahia, 29 June 2017 (Portuguese)

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