Fr. Giussani on the day of his first Mass in Desio, May 31, 1945 (Livia Giussani personal archive)

Fr. Giussani: Masses around the world

Celebrations for the 19th anniversary of the death of the founder of Communion and Liberation and the 42nd anniversary of the pontifical recognition of the Fraternity

On the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the ascent to Heaven of the Servant of God Fr. Luigi Giussani (February 22, 2005) and the 42nd anniversary of the pontifical recognition of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (February 11, 1982), as well as the 70th anniversary of the birth of the movement of CL, Masses are scheduled to be celebrated in around the world, presided over by cardinals and bishops.

The intention of the Masses is as follows:
Grateful for the gift of the charism Fr. Giussani was given by the Holy Spirit, we long to serve the Church and its pastors with all our energy, in the certainty that only by daily following Christ and His Vicar can we experience true unity among ourselves and serve the good of the people of our time.
May Mary Queen of Peace guide the path of the entire movement and intercede for peace in the world.

Davide Prosperi (President of the Fraternity of CL) has stated:
Aware of the task entrusted to us to contribute to the building of the Church and to the proclamation to the world of the hope that Christ is for the life of every person, we wish to commemorate Fr. Giussani – and the history generated by his friendship with those who followed him – keeping our gaze fixed on the words that Pope Francis addressed to me in the letter sent to the movement on the occasion of these anniversaries: “I particularly care to advise you and all the adherents of the movement to take care of the unity among you: in fact, it alone, in following the pastors of the Church, will in time be able to safeguard the fruitfulness of the charism that the Holy Spirit gave to Fr. Giussani: ‘I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’”

The updated list of celebrations is available here. Here are some of them:

Milan, Monsignor Mario Delpini, February 26; Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, February 14; Bologna, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, February 21; Florence, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, February 21; Como, Cardinal Oscar Cantoni, February 12; Madrid, Cardinal José Cobo Cano, February 10; Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, February 13; New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, February 18; Boston, Monsignor Cristiano Barbosa, February 25; Montreal, Monsignor Christian Lépine, February 20; Buenos Aires, Monsignor Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva, February 4; Tunis, Monsignor Ilario Antoniazzi, March 21; Prague, Monsignor Jude Thaddeus Okolo, March 9; Paris, Monsignor Dominique Catta, March 2; Barcelona, Monsignor Javier Vilanova Pellisa, March 3; Mexico City, Fr. Martín Muñoz López, February 11; Kampala, Monsignor Luigi Bianco, February 10; Bogota, Monsignor Paolo Rudelli, February 24; Dublin, Monsignor Diarmuid Martin, February 24; London, Monsignor John Wilson, February 15; Santiago de Chile, Monsignor Alberto Ortega Martín, March 3; São Paulo, Monsignor Carlos Lema Garcia, February 18; Rio de Janeiro, Monsignor Paulo Alves Romão, February 24; Santa Fe, Monsignor Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, February 22; Munich, Fr Romano Christen, February 24; Siena, Cardinal Augusto Paolo Lojudice, February 26; Moscow, Monsignor Paolo Pezzi, February 15; Mauritius, Monsignor Jean Michaël Durhône, March 15; Algiers, Monsignor Kurian Matthew Vayalunkal, February 10; Shanghai, Fr. Suqin Niu, February 3; Tokyo, Monsignor Fabrice Rivet, February 25; Hiroshima, Fr. Arnaldo Negri, February 19; Nairobi, Monsignor Philip Anyolo, March 3; Lisbon, Patriarch Rui Manuel Sousa Valério, February 8; Krakow, Monsignor Marek Jędraszewski, February 26; Luxembourg, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, March 8