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FOUNDER CONSECRATES SODALITIUM CHRISTIANAE VITAE TO VIRGIN MARY

Lima, 14 (NE) In a moving ceremony in Lima, Peru, the founder of the Sodalite Family, Luis Fernando Figari, consecrated the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae to the Virgin Mary. The ceremony took place in the presence of more than 250 members and adherents of the Sodalitium last December 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremony also marked the closing of the General Assembly of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Society of Apostolic Life approved by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

With great joy and in spirit of thanksgiving, the Sodality Family celebrated the day of the Immaculate Conception in different countries and dioceses where it is present. On December 8 a new anniversary of the foundation is commemorated. Celebrating the Marian feast, thousands of members of the Christian Life Movement, the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, the Marian Community of Reconciliation, the Servants of God's Plan and the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Reconciliation, gathered throughout America and Europe to commemorate the anniversary of the foundation.

In the city of Lima, the main celebration took place in the church of Our Lady of Reconciliation. The Mass was presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Rino Passigato. Present at the Eucharist celebration were the founder of the Sodalitium and several members of this Society who participated in the II General Assembly, which took place in the Peruvian capital. Archbishop Passigato expressed his adhesion to the "greetings and blessing that the Holy Father" sent on occasion of the society's Assembly.

During his homily, the Papal Nuncio reflected on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, describing with beautiful images the purity of the Mother of God. In Mary, stated the Archbishop, "we know better than in any other creature who God is." He also stressed the virtues of tenderness, goodness, obedience and wisdom of the Virgin and urged everybody to grow deeper in the Marian devotion.

At the end of his homily, Archbishop Passigato emphasized the teachings of the II Vatican Council, urging those present to reread them in order to "discover again its great richness in doctrinal and pastoral impulses." The Council, he emphasized, has helped many people to "understand that the Christian vocation is by its nature a vocation to apostolate and to holiness… If you live Christianity without compromises," he concluded, "you may light fire to the world."

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