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Castel Gandolfo 3rd February 1997
The Church as Communion in the thought of Chiara Lubich
At the time when the Focolare began, the Church was often seen only as a stone structure, with Jesus in the tabernacle, and with Mary, Saint Anthony or another saint above the altar... the Church was, in a certain sense, for many people taken as being the same things as the catechism, First Communion.... It also meant the other sacraments, as well as patronal festivals; perhaps it meant belonging to Catholic Action groups, and soon. It meant the parish and the parish priest and, if people were aware of their existence, the bishop and the pope.