Communion and Liberation is a movement in the Church which has the purpose of forming its members in Christianity in order to make them co-workers in the Church’s mission in all areas of society.
Its current name, Communion and Liberation (CL), appeared for the first time in 1969. This name brings together the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of humanity’s authentic liberation. As Pope Benedict XVI declared, CL “today … offers a profound way of life and actualises the Christian faith, both in a total fidelity and communion with the Successor of Peter and with the Pastors who assure the governing of the Church, and through spontaneity and freedom that permit new and prophetic, apostolic and missionary achievements” (Address to CL, March 24, 2007).
Communion and Liberation is present today in roughly ninety countries on all the inhabited continents, and is guided by Father Julián Carrón, who succeeded Father Giussani after his death in 2005.
No form of membership enrolment is involved, but only the free participation of individual persons. The basic instrument for the formation of those who belong to the Movement is a weekly catechesis which is called the School of Community.
The Movement’s official publication is the international monthly magazine Tracce-Litterae Communionis, published in English as Traces.
In Newcastle CL meets weekly (normally 7.30pm Mondays) for the School of Community in which faith is discussed and reflection ofn both the writings of the founder, Father Luigi Giussani, and various documents published by CL, takes place. An annual retreat is organised with the community in Sydney.
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