The Fraternity of CL is a Universal Association of the Faithful recognized during the 1980s: the first official recognition was dated July 11, 1980, signed by Abbot Matronola of Montecassino, and the recognition from the Pontifical Council for the Laity followed on February 11, 1982. It is made up of adults who freely commit themselves to following Christ and the Church through the method passed down by the founder (cfr. The Work of the Movement. The Fraternity of Communion and Liberation).
In the mid-1970s, a number of CL members, having completed their university studies, wanted to deepen their belonging to the Church within their lives as adults, in order to develop as mature Christian men and women.
In his letter sent to Fr. Giussani for the 20th anniversary of Pontifical recognition, John Paul II summarized the purpose of the Fraternity in these words: “In reviewing the life and actions of the Fraternity and of the Movement, the first impressive feature is the ability to listen to the needs of human beings today. The human person never stops seeking. […] Therefore the Movement wanted and wants to point out not a way but the way to arrive at the solution of this existential drama. The way, as you have said so often, is Christ. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life who reaches the person in his daily existence. The discovery of this way usually takes place through the mediation of other human beings. Identified through the gift of faith by the encounter with the Redeemer, believers are called to become an echo of the event of Christ, to become themselves an ‘event’.”
Founded by Fr. Giussani and presided over by him up to the time of his passing, the Fraternity is currently led by Fr. Julián Carrón, who was elected by the Central Diaconia as successor to the founder on March 19, 2005.
At present, the Fraternity in all its smaller groups – spread across the continents – numbers about 67,000 adults committed to following the path to holiness, which is recognized as the goal of their existence and of their friendship. Membership entails a simple rule of life and personal ascesis: daily moments of prayer; participation in gatherings for spiritual formation, including the annual Spiritual Exercises and retreats; and a commitment to give support, financial and otherwise, for charitable, missionary and cultural initiatives promoted or supported by the Fraternity.
“Believers are called to become an echo of the event of Christ, to become themselves an ‘event.’” (Pope Saint John Paul II)
Fraternity of Communion and Liberation
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