100 Luigi Giussani
“Christ is the life of my life”

October 15, 2022 marks the Centenary of the birth of the Servant of God Fr. Luigi Giussani. This year offers the opportunity to deepen and learn more about his story and the newness it continues to bring today to the lives of many and to the service of the Church.

Here you can find the main events and initiatives, including interviews, stories, videos: people or facts that speak of him and of the people generated by his experience. For information and proposals contact Centenary


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Pope Francis' letter
ChurchThe Audience: The Pope's letterIn St. Peter's Square on October 15, Davide Prosperi delivered a letter of thanks to Francis. Here is the Holy Father's response

From the Vatican, October 18, 2022 Dear Brother, I would like to express my thanks for the letter dated October 15, which you sent to me on behalf of the movement of Communion and Liberation. I greatly appreciated the expressions of your affection ...

Pope Francis during the Audience on October 15, 2022 (Photo: Roberto Masi/Fraternity of CL)
Current EventsOur pathThe letter from Davide Prosperi, president of the Fraternity of CL, to the entire movement after the Audience with Pope Francis.

1982, Pontifical Recognition of the Fraternity: “What has happened (…) is certainly the greatest grace in the entire history of the movement” (Fr. Giussani) 2002, 20th anniversary of pontifical recognition of the Fraternity: “The letter which the Ho...

At the audience with Communion and Liberation (Photo: Roberto Masi/Fraternity of CL)
LettersThe journey to Rome from around the world continues…Further testimonies from those who travelled from across the world to participate in the audience in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis on October 15.

BRAZIL Travelling to Italy from São Paulo just to attend a meeting and returning the next day was not my idea of how to spend my few days of vacation and how to spend my money. But when Fr. Aurelio enthusiastically spoke to us of the beauty of gathering ...

Bethlehem (Photo: Unsplash/Jorge Fernández Salas)
LettersSupreme affectionThe nostalgia for distant relationships and her decision to follow online. From Bethlehem, Caterina recounts her experience of the Audience with Pope Francis. From the November issue of Tracce.

The first thing that prompted me to watch the Audience live was a very human desire: to be part, in my own way, of what was happening to all the people dearest to me. They were all there. For what reason? Because of a story of gratitude. For nothing else ...


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Davide Prosperi during the dialogue with Rafael Gerez (Photo: EncuentroMadrid)
Current Events“Passion for the person, passion for Christ”The text of the dialogue with Davide Prosperi about Fr. Luigi Giussani, on the occasion of the Centenary that has just ended. The conversation took place at the EncuentroMadrid, on November 12, 2022.

Rafael Gerez. You’re relatively young, but you had the opportunity to meet Fr. Luigi Giussani personally and to enter into a relationship with him while you were a university student involved with the young people of CL. What did the encounter with him me...

The monument to Giussani in Mutuati (Kenya)
LettersKenya: "A new horizon in my life"Cyprian, a teacher nearing retirement, recounts his encounter with Fr. Giussani more than 30 years ago. And all that came out of it, right down to a monument in his village north of Nairobi.

I am a teacher and have taught for the last 34 years in the village of Mutuati, 200 kilometres north of Nairobi, in Kenya. This June I will retire, having reached the compulsory age of retirement that is sixty years. I am married with a family of twelve c...

A moment of the CLU Conference at Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kansas
US, UK and MoreKansas: The spark on campusThe first 'conference' of CL univeristy students at Benedictine College in Atchinson. A small weekend-long meeting involving sixty students from the United States and four from Italy. Here is their account.

"I saw the same work we are doing here: the verification of faith in the totality of life. Today those people, even though they are on the other side of the world, are my friends because they help me grow in this.” For Giovanni Pellegrini, a fifth-year ph...

Aaron Richies, born in 1974, teaches at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
US, UK and MoreUnited States: Discovering lifeA theologian who met Fr. Giussani’s thought and then met a young boy, both of them shaking his faith and life. Leading to a proposal of a university course on Giussani. From the October issue of Traces.

When Fr. Carrón announced the centenary of the birth of Fr. Giussani, he proposed that we take a personal interest in the gesture for a single and essential reason: “To witness what Fr. Giussani has generated in us.” I was provoked to consider what differ...


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The meeting dedicated to Fr. Giussani in Tunis
Letters"Recounting" Fr. Giussani in TunisA classical music concert, a dialogue with Fr. Ambrogio Pisoni and the exhibition "From My Life to Yours." The North African city's cathedral hosted Christians and Muslims to learn more about Fr. Giussani.

Communion and Liberation is a very small reality in Tunisia: the Memores Domini women (Fausta, Giovanna, Olivia, Chicca, Maria Luisa, Laura), and Paolo and Giorgio – the two "musketeers" as we jokingly call them – are here for work. There are very few of...

Fr. Giussani's Centenary in Alexandria, Egypt.
LettersEgypt: Rediscovering the gift of Fr. Giussani todayIn Alexandria, the movement's small community commemorated the centenary of the birth of the founder of CL. In the heart of the Middle East, the testimony of a "continuous story of love".

A few weeks ago, in the headquarters of the Apostolic Vicariate in Alexandria, Egypt, Monsignor Claudio Lurati, Apostolic Vicar of the Latins in Egypt, inaugurated the celebration of the Centenary of Fr. Giussani's birth with a greeting to all those prese...

The exhibition on Fr. Giussani set up in the cloister of the St. Severin convent in Paris
LettersParis: The sign that an answer existsThe French community also celebrated the centenary of Fr. Giussani's birth in the capital. Among meetings and testimonies, a chance to "verify deeply the truth of our experience".

In Paris we celebrated the centenary of Fr. Giussani's birth. They were two wonderful days, including meetings, exhibitions, and above all life together. A totally unexpected richness, which surprised everyone, starting with those who were encountering us...

In 2012, the Archbishop of Milan accepted the petition to open the cause for the beatification and canonization of Fr. Giussani. Here is the text of the private intercession, cemetery hours and other information.