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800,000 attend Communion and Liberation’s Rimini meeting

Catholic World News - August 30, 2011

An estimated 800,000 people from 38 nations traveled to Rimini, Italy, to attend the annual meeting associated with the Communion and Liberation movement. Speakers at the meeting, which took place from August 21-27, included leading churchmen and political and cultural speakers.

In his message for the meeting, whose theme was “And Existence Becomes An Immense Certainty,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone wrote that “today more than ever we Christians are called to give reason for the hope that is in us, to witness in the world that ‘other’ without which everything remains incomprehensible. But for this to happen we must be ‘reborn’ as Jesus said to Nicodemus, to allow ourselves to be regenerated by the sacraments and by prayer, to rediscover in them the bedrock of all authentic certainty.”

In its 2005 directory of International Associations of the Faithful, the Pontifical Council for the Laity stated that

the essence of the CL [Communion and Liberation] charism is the proclamation that God became man; in the affirmation that this man--Jesus of Nazareth, who died and rose again--is a present event, whose visible sign is communion, that is to say, the unity of a people led by a living person, the Bishop of Rome; in the awareness that it is only in God made man, and hence within the life of the Church, that man is more true and humanity is truly more human.

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