The International Catholic Legislators Network was founded in 2010 to discuss the promotion of Christian principles in the political arena. Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau acted as a founder, under the patronage of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, and British parliamentarian Lord David Alton of Liverpool, known for his staunch pro-life position and work for persecuted Christians.
The ICLN meets near Rome each year at the end of August. The four-day event is held under the Chatham House Rule, with no journalists, press releases, or published speeches, not even from the Pope, whom participants regularly meet during the conferences.
Every year the Network brings together about 120 people, including top-level politicians from a wide range of countries spanning all continents, to discuss urgent policy issues in different regions of the Globe.
So far, the ICLN conferences have dealt with: euthanasia, abortion, biotechnology and life sciences; religious liberty and human rights; Church-state relations, the free market economy; secularization and the persecution of Christians, Catholic education and the state; communicating Catholic thought in secular politics. Working groups on dealing with international organizations have also been held.