|Paulus PP. VI|
The founder first met Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini when he
worked as Substitute for the Vatican Secretary of State. Pius
XII had recommended that he call upon Monsignor Montini to
go over the Legion´s Constitutions with him.
Thanks to Monsignor
Montini’s fatherly support, the Legion of Christ founded its first
apostolate in 1954: the Cumbres Institute in Mexico City.
Monsignor Montini became Pope Paul VI, he maintained his closeness
to the Legion. It was during his pontificate that the
Sacred Congregation for Religious granted the Legionaries of Christ the
Decretum laudis (Decree of Praise) on February 6, 1965, a
definitive canonical approval which recognized the Legion as a congregation
of pontifical right.