Father Pius was in Rome attending that convivience. He recently returned from his trip in Rome to transmit what he received to the Responsibles and Co-Responsibles. Then the Responsibles and Co-Responsibles would transmit what they were given at the Beginning of the Year Convivience to their communities in what we call a "Transmittal Convivience."
One of the things that Father Pius shared with us at the retreat was the document "Iuvenescit Ecclesia," a document passed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in May, 2016. It was a letter addressed to all the Bishops of the Catholic Church. You can read the entire letter here. The Neocatechumenal Way is included as one of the charisms of the Church along with many others. Some people consider us a movement, but Father Pius made it very clear yesterday that the NCW is an itinerary to Christian formation. It is similar to the RCIA program in a parish. Its goal is to form Christians.
This document "Iuvenescit Ecclesia" was addressed to all the Bishops of the Catholic Church. In this letter, all Bishops and priests were encouraged to support these charisms, movements, and communities such as the NCW, the Focolare, the Charismatic Renewal, the Cursillios, etc. The NCW is not the only one being persecuted. Other lay movements in the Church are also feared by people because they do not understand them. However, the Vatican insists that all these lay movements are nothing to be afraid of. Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated according to EWTN:
The new movements, and their charisms, are good ways of responding to such challenges, he said. Parishes, religious orders, bishops, and priests should all “go together” with these new movements to meet the challenges of today.
Reflecting on the document's title, which means “The Church rejuvenates”, Cardinal Müller said the Church “is always young because we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and therefore death cannot overcome us.” He added that the grace of the sacraments is necessary “for the renewal of our lives.”
Iuvenescit Ecclesia notes that the Holy Spirit builds up and renews the Church through both hierarchical and charismatic gifts, and focuses on the new realities which “fill the heart of the Church with joy and gratitude and are called to relate positively with all of the other gifts present in ecclesial life.”
It notes that in the New Testament, there is no “opposition between the diverse charisms … The antithesis between an institutional Church of the Judeo-Christian type and a charismatic Church of the Pauline type, affirmed by certain reductive ecclesial interpretations, in reality lacks a foundation in the texts of the New Testament.”