More than 10,000 Catholics from Chicago, around Illinois and surrounding states, gathered in the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion on April 26 for the annual Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Conference. (The Charismatic Renewal is a lay ecclesial movement within the church that emphasizes gifts of the Holy Sprit and often involves praise and worship.) " It was beautiful, " said Norma Ibarra of the day. " The conference is always a point of gathering among us as Catholics and is something that transforms us and fills us with hope to carry on. "
Gloria Posada prays during a praise session at the annual Hispanic Charismatic Renewal April 26 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
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