During the Easter Announcement, we watched a video of the NCW's recent meeting with the Pope. Everyone recognized Father Santigo in the film as he came upstage to receive the Pope's blessing. The NCW cheered and applauded when he appeared on film. Father Pius also said that Father Santiago's sister was part of the mission family who was sent off to evangelize. Father Pius pointed out Father Santiago's sister and her family as they approached the Pope, and everyone applauded.
The video also showed Kiko Arguello giving Pope Francis a gift of his most recent drawings. A small card showing Kiko's drawing and personal handwritten note (on the back of the card) was also given to all the brothers in the Way. The Pope's speech to the NCW was also distributed to the brothers.
“I confirm your calling, I support your mission, and I bless your charism,” the Pope told the group. “It is your witness of life that demonstrates the heart of Christ’s revelation.”
According to Dictionary.com, "confirm" is defined as:
Pope Francis confirmed our calling. What better way to say that the Neocatechumenal Way is indeed Catholic.