a movement began called the 'Student Youth' but evolved into 'Communion
and Liberation' in 1969. Today, it's present in 70 countries with
200,000 members, all working toward their purpose of 'education to
Christian maturity'. They carry a Christian message in their approach
toward art, culture and music. They also work toward promoting
As Giussani once said said that Christianity is primarily an event.
President, Communion and Liberation (March 21, 2007)
the event of an encounter with something fascinating. That was how it
was from the beginning, when the first people that met Jesus were so
attracted to him, by the impact it had on them, they wanted to see him
again the next day, and then the next day, and so on until they became
On March 24, 2007, Benedict XVI
held an audience with 80,000 members of Communion and Liberation. During
this meeting, the Pope recalled his own friendship with Luigi Giussani,
when he was a cardinal he presided at his funeral in the Milan
cathedral in February of 2005.
Giussani undertook to reawaken in the youth the love of Christ, 'The
Way, Truth and Life'. Insisting that He alone is the only way to achieve
the deepest longings of the human heart and that Christ does not save
us without our humanity, but through it.”
Meeting of Rimini in Italy is the most important event organized by
Communion and Liberation. Since 1980, religious leaders, politicians,
and many others have gathered for this meeting to improve dialogue
across cultural lines.