11 March 2018
Activities of the Dicastery
Lay People, Between Responsibilities and Formation
The meeting with the executive council of the Christian Life Community
The Executive Council of the Christian Life Community, led by President Mauricio Lopez Oropeza, met Prefect Kevin Farrell, Secretary Alexandre Awi Mello and Linda Ghisoni, Undersecretary for the Dicastery’s Lay Section.
The CVX is a public association of faithful recognized by the Holy See that has its roots in the Marian congregations that born in the 16th century in the wake of the great fervor that the apostolate of St. Ignatius of Loyola also aroused among the laity.
The association has just celebrated the golden jubilee of its new configuration as Christian Life Community (1967-2017) and is preparing for the great event of the world assembly scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in July 2018 on the theme “CLC, A Gift for the Church and for the World.” This world assembly will be an important moment of reflection and community discernment in the context of the 50th anniversary of the CLC and Pope Francis’ indications once again calling laypeople to become protagonists in the Church and in the world.
Prefect Farrell urged the CVX-CLC to deepen the aspect of the laity’s formation, which must be complete and permanent. He also urged them to act courageously in society as laypeople, by embracing the responsibility to participate, as Christians, in their countries’ political processes.
Finally, following the exhortations of Pope Francis, he recalled the importance of listening to young people and encouraging them to participate in the next World Youth Day in Panama.