The meeting was announced in a letter written last month by Father Julián Carrón, superior of this ecclesial movement, founded in 1954 by Father Luigi Giussani.
“We are all well aware of the importance of the figure of the Successor of St. Peter for the Church’s life. In him we have the unfailing point of reference for our faith, without which it would decay into one of the many different ideologies that dominate the world,” explained Father Carrón in his letter.
He added: “The power of the Spirit, linked to [the Pope’s] ministry, is the guarantee of the presence of Christ in history. It is this awareness that must bring us all before the Holy Father with that filial devotion in which we have been educated.
“Moreover, Pope Benedict has been tied to our history in such a singular way that we feel particularly close. He knows us well, just as he knew Father Giussani well.”
The audience will take place on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the pontifical recognition of the Communion and Liberation Movement.