25th Anniversary of the Christian Life Movement
The Christian Life Movement (Movimiento de Vida Cristiana - MVC) was born in 1985, in Peru. At that time a number of initiatives from members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, now a Society of Apostolic Life, had already begun to bloom. Luis Fernando Figari, the Founder of the Sodalitium, conceived the idea of gathering those people and initiatives together in an ecclesiastic movement. Thus, the Christian Life Movement was born as fruit of an apostolate that had been blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Communities of the Christian Life Movement have been spreading throughout Peru and neighboring countries in America ever since. As time went by, with the maturity and the growth of the movement, it received the Holy See's recognition as International Association of Christian Faithful of Pontifical Right. This took place on March 23, 1994, precisely on the feast day of Saint Toribio of Mogrovejo, who was Archbishop of Lima and Primate of a good part of Latin America between 1580-1606. The pastoral responsibility of Archbishop Saint Toribio extended throughout Latin America from Leon in Nicaragua to Chile and Argentina. Due partly to this, he has been proclaimed Patron of the Bishops of Latin America by the Holy Father.
The Christian Life Movement obtained recognition of the Apostolic See through a Decree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, presided over by His Excellency Cardinal Eduardo Pironio.
From that moment the expansion of the Christian Life Movement has become increasingly great. There are now many communities and individual members in different countries of America and Europe.