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Pope Francis receives Fr. John Connor, general director of the Legionaries of Christ, in a private audience at the Vatican, April 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Legionaries of Christ leader

Apr 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Fr. John Connor asked the pope “for light and advice in the task that he has been entrusted with.” Read more

Pope Francis on May 29, 2019.

Francis calls Legionaries of Christ to 'continuous conversion' at end of Rome meeting

Feb 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Saturday told the Legionaries of Christ religious order to look toward the future as they continue to reform... Read more

Fr. John Connor, LC.

New Legionaries of Christ superior accused of mishandling priest allegations

Feb 7, 2020

By JD Flynn

Women who made allegations against a priest in the Legionaries of Christ say the religious order’s newly elected superior general... Read more

Fr. John Connor, LC.

Legionaries of Christ elect new superior general

Feb 6, 2020

During its general chapter meeting in Rome, the Legionaries of Christ religious order has elected a new superior general to... Read more

Legionaries of Christ: Sexual abuse was perpetrated at minor seminary

Jan 27, 2020

The Legionaries of Christ acknowledged that sexual abuse took place at the religious order’s El Ajusco minor seminary in Mexico... Read more

No reform possible without new leaders in Legionaries of Christ, advocates and survivors say

Jan 27, 2020

Advocates and survivors of abuse perpetrated by priests of the Legion of Christ say that the religious order has no... Read more

Legionaries of Christ to discuss handling of abuse at Rome meeting

Jan 21, 2020

The Legionaries of Christ on Jan. 20 opened its 2020 Ordinary General Chapter in Rome, which convenes every six years... Read more

Legion of Christ abuser dismissed from clerical state

Jan 14, 2020

This week Fernando Martínez Suárez, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, was dismissed from the clerical state. He had... Read more

Legion of Christ reiterates commitment to Maciel's victims

Apr 13, 2018

The Legion of Christ has issued a renewed apology for abuses committed by the institute’s founder, and pledged to reach... Read more

Pope Francis approves new constitutions for Legionaries of Christ

Nov 1, 2014

After four years of drafts and adjustments, the troubled Legion of Christ has announced that its new constitutions have been... Read more

Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., recently appointed pontifical advisor for the Legion of Christ.

Vatican appoints advisor for the Legion of Christ

Jul 14, 2014

The appointment of Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., as pontifical advisor for the Legion of Christ aims to advance the renewal... Read more

Former Legionaries of Christ leader dies from cancer

Jun 30, 2014

Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C., former general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, died in... Read more

Vatican to appoint adviser for Legionaries of Christ

Jun 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released by Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., the Vatican spokesman revealed that the Holy See is to appoint... Read more

Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jun 4, 2014

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park... Read more

Fr. John Connor LC, Director of the North American Territory.

Legion of Christ names new North American head

Apr 14, 2014

Maryland-born priest Father John Connor, L.C., has been named the head of the Legion of Christ’s territory of North America.  Read more

Legionaries of Christ elect new leaders, issue apology

Feb 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Legionaries of Christ revealed the names of their new general council on Feb. 6, also issuing a formal apology... Read more

The Legionaries of Christ are meeting in this General Chapter room during closed door sessions for most of January.

Legionaries seek to continue service with 'renewed enthusiasm'

Jan 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

As the Legionaries meet in Rome for their General Chapter, spokesman Fr. Benjamin Clariond voiced the congregation's hopes for a... Read more

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis gives the homily during the opening Mass of the Legionaries’ General Chapter on January 8, 2014.

Legionaries begin first general chapter to revise constitutions

Jan 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

Earlier this morning the Legionaries of Christ began their first Extraordinary General Chapter meeting to draft and approve their new... Read more

Help purify Legion of Christ, cardinal tells new priests

Dec 20, 2013

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis told 31 new priests of Legionaries of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ”... Read more

Legion of Christ reaffirms commitment to addressing sex abuse

Dec 5, 2013

The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual... Read more