VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2006 (ZENIT.org).- Here is the description of the Christian Life Movement, which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Christian Life Movement
History: CLM was founded in Lima, Peru, by Luis Fernando Figari, drawing on the initiatives and experiences during the 1970s of the members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, which Figari founded, and which today are societies of apostolic life.
Recognized in 1990 by the Peruvian bishops’ conference as a national association, the movement gradually spread to other countries of Latin America. On March 23, 1994, the Pontifical Council for the laity decreed recognition of the Movimiento de Vida Cristiana as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: CLM aims to be a community forum for encountering the lord Jesus Christ, which fosters an authentic Christian life by announcing and bearing witness to the faith and the comprehensive advancement of the human person in the light of the Gospel and the magisterium of the Church.
Its members, men and women of different states of life, place the pursuit of holiness, apostolic commitment and service to God and our fellow men and women, at the heart of their life experience.
The priority areas for its work are evangelization of young people; commitment to solidarity with the poor, the sick and the elderly and abandoned children; the evangelization of culture; the protection of the family and the defense of life from conception to natural death; the mass media and the new communications technologies.
The spirituality of CLM, which offers its members a personal and community-based process of ongoing formation, is characterized by devotion to the Immaculate Conception, an intense participation in liturgical life, and meditation on the Word of God as the light to direct their lives and as the key to a critical reading of human projects.
Organization: The members of CLM commit themselves to its apostolic mission on a personal or community basis, establishing communities, groups, institutions, associations and services of various kinds and with different purposes (including: University Coordination, Solidarity on the Way, The Family of Nazareth, Missionary Action, Cyber_apostolate, Siloe, Pro Vita).
This work is headed by a General Coordination Council made up of the general coordinator, the spiritual assistant and the executive secretary.
Membership: CLM has a membership of about 25,000 in 21 countries, in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Works: CLM belongs to the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae family, which founded a publishing company, the Life and Spirituality Institute, the San Pablo de Arequipa University, a number of schools, a health-care facility and a “life help” center.
Publications: Nueva Alborada, an annual magazine; Vida Cristiana, a fortnightly newsletter; Noticias Eclesiales, an online newsletter.
Web site: www.m-v-c.org
Movimiento de Vida Cristiana
Calle Dos, 553
Lima 41 — Peru
Tel. (51) 1.437.3496 — Fax 1.436.3005
E-mail: [email protected]
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