The first Cursillo, certified as such by the Vatican, was held at the Monastery of San Honorato in Mallorca on the weekend of Jan. 7–10, 1949. It was the first of the initial 20 and, only five years later, 100 Cursillos had been given.
Transferred to Madrid in 1957, Gayá recommended that many priests should give the Cursillo, preparing them for the pastoral care of the Spanish emigrant population in those years, a circumstance that led to the international expansion of the Cursillo.
In Latin America, the first country to receive this new method of evangelization was Colombia. A decade later it was already present on practically the entire continent.
The Cursillo expanded to Europe first in Portugal, Austria, and Italy in 1960 and was brought to Eastern Europe beginning in 1974. The Cursillo came from the United States to the Philippines in 1962. In Africa, the movement has reached countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Togo.
In 2004, the Pontifical Council…