Pope at Communion and Liberation: Be prophets of peace and unity
Pope Francis meets with members of Communion and Liberation in St. Peter’s Square for the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Msgr. Luigi Giussani, founder of the movement.
By the editor of Vatican News
Meeting with more than sixty thousand members of the Communion and Liberation movement gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis offered his best wishes and praise for the ministry of the movement and in particular for its founder, Msgr. Luigi Giussani.
Centenary of the birth of Fr. Giussani
The celebration marked the centenary of Fr. Giussani’s birth and brought together members of the movement from all over Italy and around the world. The celebrations began in the morning with a variety of prayers, hymns and video clips from Fr. Giussan’s own writings and homilies delivered during his years of ministry. Members from various parts of the world offered their own testimonies.
A Milanese priest, Fr. Giussani devoted himself to the formation of students by offering them direction in their lives and models of inspiration. In the early 1960s, he undertook evangelization activities that communicated the faith with a contemporary and dynamic style with open and continuous dialogues, as well as a coherent reference to the Magisterium of the Church. His innovative missionary approach and his testimony of exemplary life led to the creation of the “Communion and Liberation” Movement during these years.
In his address, Pope Francis expressed his own gratitude for the inspiring role Fr. Giussani had in his own priestly life, recalling the great influence he had in educating and animating the younger generations through his own passion to share the faith and make it flourish in them with deep roots in their daily lives.
The Pope remembered the turbulent times of the 1960s when Fr. Giussani taught and began his missionary work, and encouraged everyone to persevere today despite the similar challenges and crises we face today today.
The Pope spoke at length about Fr. Giussani’s heritage, charism, vocation as an educator and his love for the Church.
Charisma that has reached hearts
Recalling his great personal charisma capable of reaching the hearts and minds of thousands of young people, the Pope said it stemmed from the faith he discovered in his youth when he experienced a sense of wonder and fascination for the mystery of Christ and the infinite love of God for all. .
Speaking about how to express the charism of the Movement in the changed world of our time, the Pope said it is important to remember that the charism remains the same, but the way it is lived must be welcomed in new to bear fruit in today’s world. . And that requires an attitude of humility.
education for life
The Pope then looked at Fr. Giussani’s role as an educator when during his first years of priesthood he felt the urgency to communicate and foster a personal encounter with Jesus that he himself experienced , to awaken a desire for meaning and truth in the face of ignorance or religious misunderstanding. At the same time, he showed great respect for the freedom and personal responsibility of each person he served, encouraging them to flourish with their own talents and vocation.
The love of the Church
The Pope then recalled how Fr. Giusani was a “son of the Church”, who loved the Church with great respect and fidelity, teaching others to have the same respect and filial love as it reflects the continuation of the Christ in history through the participation of its members.
peace and unity
In conclusion, the Pope invited everyone to accompany him by working prophetically together for peace and to always remain united.