VATICAN CITY, JUNE 25, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of the Regnum Christi apostolic 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: Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement
History: Regnum Christi was founded in Mexico by Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, sharing its spirituality focused on a personal love for Jesus Christ.
Identity: Regnum Christi is a movement of lay Christians, men and women, of all ages, who, out of fidelity to the Successor of Peter and motivated by love of God and their neighbor, wish to make the Gospel a reality in their own lives and in society, responding to the universal call to holiness and to the apostolate.
The movement aims at reviving its members’ awareness of their baptismal vocation, offering them the means to help them live the Gospel in the daily circumstances of their personal, family and professional lives; guiding them and organizing them so they will live and bring about the civilization of love and justice in themselves and in society; and helping them to see the apostolic mission as participating in the redeeming mission of Jesus Christ.
Under the spiritual guidance of the Legionaries of Christ who offer their sacramental attention and moral guidance through Christian and apostolic formation courses (schools of faith) the members of Regnum Christi become apostles ready to devote part or all of their time to announcing and spreading the Kingdom of God, realizing the vital need for them to be incorporated into the universal Church and the local Church to which they belong.
In order to persevere in an authentic Christian life, the lay members of Regnum Christi, who nurture a filial devotion to the Virgin Mary as the paramount example of a new humanity, undertake to pray daily, to participate frequently in the sacraments, to read the Bible in groups every week, and to periodically review progress with their apostolic work.
In cooperation with the Legionaries of Christ, the members of the movement work above all in the following areas of the apostolate: missions, the human and Christian promotion of the socially more needy groups, the spread of Catholic doctrine, the education of young people and educational and teaching institutions, the advancement of the family, the mass media, and cooperation with diocesan priests.
Membership: Regnum Christi has more than 47,000 members in 34 countries around the world.
Web site: www.regnumchristi.org
Movimento Apostolico Regnum Christi
c/o Legionari di Cristo
Via Aurelia, 677
00165 Roma — Italy
Tel. (39) 06.664.991 — Fax 06.6649.9372
E-mail: [email protected]
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