Heralds of the Gospel

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Heralds of the Gospel
Evangelii Praecones
Heralds of the Gospel.jpg
Symbol of the Heralds of the Gospel
Abbreviation EP
Formation 22 February 2001
Founder João Scognamiglio Clá Dias
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Brazil
Website heralds.ca
Heralds of the Gospel at the church of San Benedetto in Piscinula

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]

History[edit]

The Heralds of the Gospel was created on 21 September 1999, but was only 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.

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.

Spirituality[edit]

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.

Music[edit]

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 principal 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 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]

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.

Regina Virginum
Virgo Flos Carmeli

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. The development of the Heralds of the Gospel, now active in about 70 countries, led to the formation of the priestly branch and the later constitution of the Clerical Society.

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.”[4]

Controversy[edit]

A video presented by Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli, in an article published in the newspaper La Stampa, on June 2017, showed several members of the Heralds of the Gospel listening to a description of an exorcism made outside the Catholic Church rules for this practise. It was reported that the Vatican started an investigation on the Heralds of the Gospel, following the disclosure of the video.[5][6]

The Heralds issued a clarification note stating that this was an old video and that the leak had occurred improperly. It further clarified that appropriate measures had been taken under Canon Law and in light of the Catholic theology.[7]

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