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Cursillos in Christianity: new movements and communities in the life of the Church

Cursillos, meaning ‘little or short courses’, was born in 1940s Spain among young men from ‘Catholic Action’. Seeking to evangelise lay people and so transform a ‘Catholic’ culture immunised to the demands of the Gospel, Cursillos has spread widely throughout the world.


Both before and after the Council, the Church witnessed the flourishing of many new movements and communities. Characterised by a striking vitality and varied fruits, and not unlike the religious orders of past ages, these new ’initiatives’ in today’s Church share a passion to evangelise in a world losing interest and hope in the Gospel. Held up by many as the new hope for the Church and criticised by others, the movements never fail to generate interest. This series aims to promote better knowledge and understanding.