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Cause opens for beatification of Communion and Liberation founder

Catholic World News - February 23, 2012

The leader of Communion and Liberation has formally requested the opening of a cause for the beatification of Msgr. Luigi Guissani, the founder of the movement.

On February 22, after a Mass marking the 7th anniversary of Msgr. Guissani’s death, Father Julian Carron, his successor as head of Communion and Liberation, revealed that a petition had been presented to Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan for the opening of a cause.

The first step in the process of beatification, a diocesan investigation, would take place in Milan because Msgr. Giussani was born there, was a priest of the archdiocese, worked and died there. Coincidentally, Cardinal Scola was active in Communion and Liberation soon after its founding in 1969.

During his lifetime Msgr. Giussani saw Communion and Liberation grow to become an important factor in the Church and in European political affairs. Although the group does not have formal membership, over 100,000 attend its regular “schools of community” in Italy alone.

Msgr. Giusanni died in 2005 at the age of 82. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presided at his funeral.

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