|Founded in Peru
VATICAN CITY, 11 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
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
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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
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
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
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 —
Tel. (51) 1.437.3496
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]