The movement was officially recognized by the Vatican on February 11th, 1982. Now, thousands of its members are spread out throughout 70 countries.
The Mass will also honor the life of the its founder, father Luigi Giussani, who died seven years ago. In fact, recently the Archbishop of Milan, was asked to begin the investigation process that may lead to the beatification of Giussani. That stage includes a series of testimonies and confirmation that a miracle was performed through his intercession.