Communion-and-Liberation Priestly Group Growing

ROME, JUNE 24, 2003 ( Six newly ordained priests whose group follows the charism of Communion and Liberation will carry out their ministry in Russia, Taiwan, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar for Rome, on Saturday ordained six priests of the Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, a group that follows the charism of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation.

The priestly group, a society of apostolic life founded in 1985, numbers about 120 members, including 65 priests. The rest are seminarians.

The group states its goal as «evangelization and education in the faith through the exercise of the priestly ministry especially where there is need of a new implantation of the Church, according to the CL charism.»

Father Paolo Prosperi, a new priest, will work in Russia. He discovered his vocation when attending a retreat preached by Communion and Liberation founder Monsignor Luigi Giussani in 1994.

«Hearing him speak of Christ, I was struck by the fact that God loves me with an infinite love,» Father Prosperi. «I was compelled to recognize that I was loved, but not since yesterday, but from all eternity. This changed my life completely and led me to recognize my vocation.»

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