Thank you Mayor Crestini!

At the Chiara Lubich Centre we learnt with great sorrow the news of the untimely death of Emanuele Crestini, Mayor of Rocca di Papa. In our recent meetings with him, we had just begun to know him and to appreciate his down-to-earth commitment to the township, his dedication and his exquisite humanity. The legacy that he leaves behind is that of being an exemplary citizen who truly knew how to “give his life” to the people entrusted to him.

While we assure our closeness to Dr Veronica Cimino, Deputy Mayor, and to the whole community of Rocca di Papa, we ask Our Lady to welcome Emanuele into the heavenly homeland, confident that from there he will continue to watch over his family and his beloved city.

We extend our deepest sympathy and affection to the members of his family,

Alba Sgariglia, Joao Manoel Motta and all at the Chiara Lubich Centre

See Article in La Repubblica (Italian)

Towards a Summer of Light

The historical background of Chiara Lubich’s mystical experience in 1949

The encounter with Chiara Lubich, through the historical events that spanned the first half of the last century, is an experience which enables the reader to re-live and, above all, to internalize the meaning of the spiritual and human events which were lived by the founder of the Focolare in those years.

The title of the book, "Verso un’estate di luce" (Towards a Summer of Light), published in Italian in May 2019 by Professors Silvio Cataldi and Paolo Siniscalco, indicate the vision and potential outcome of that which was to become the cradle of the Focolare. The authors, thirteen in total, examine the historical context and background of the events and elaborate a detailed analysis derived from meticulous research into archival resources.

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“Chiara and her Spouse”: A musical dedicated to Chiara Lubich’s choice of Jesus Forsaken

Daniele Ricci, with his unique artistic style, has this time produced a musical entitled “Chiara and her Spouse”.

Towards the end of the 1970s, an engineer from Rome started following the spirituality of unity. He sent an audio tape to Chiara Lubich containing some of his songs. Chiara greatly appreciated them and a collaboration began firstly with “Gen Verde” and subsequently with “Gen Rosso”, the two Focolare Movement international bands. Some his more well-known compositions are “Resurrection”, “You, in the centre of my heart”, “Living life”, “Mary Desolate”, “For love”.

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Mayor Andreotti remembers Chiara Lubich

The relationship between the founder of the Focolare and the city in which she lived had always been very close. Chiara Lubich always maintained an open dialogue with the various communities of the Castelli Romani region, and the participation by the mayors of these local municipalities at a meeting held at the International Centre of the Focolare Movement, on 16 April 2019, was a demonstration of this. The meeting was held in preparation for the centenary of Chiara Lubich’s birth, in 2020, and the presence of these authorities was ample proof that the golden thread that connects these communities with the spirituality of unity still exists.

On this occasion, the Mayor of Grottaferrata, Luciano Andreotti, underlined how “Chiara Lubich was the spiritual architect of the cities where she lived and where she carried out her apostolate. Her message of solidarity, hope and faith in prayer has lingered over the years like a comet for the town of Grottaferrata and for all the Castelli Romani citizens. They had the honour of welcoming Chiara in their midst and today they continue to benefit from her works through the Focolare Movement founded by her”.

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The figure of Chiara Lubich presented in Rome

The 7th seminar in the series on female models of holiness, promoted by the Pontifical University Antonianum of Rome, concluded on Saturday, 6 April 2019, with a talk given by Professor Vittorina Marini who put forward the figure of the Servant of God Chiara Lubich.

In previous seminars, other holy women were presented among whom the first Christian martyrs. These included Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Elena, mother of Emperor Constantine, Francesca Romana, Thérèse of Lisieux, all women who reached sainthood and who thus made history in the Church, reforming it.

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Centenary of Chiara Lubich (1920-2020): Delegation from Trent visits the International Centre of the Focolare Movement

On Tuesday, 16 April 2019, a delegation from Trent, Chiara Lubich’s birthplace, visited the International Centre of the Focolare Movement in Rocca di Papa. Focolare President, Maria Voce, and Co-President, Jésus Moran, together with the General Council welcomed the large delegation composed of Maurizio Fugatti, President of the Autonomous Province of Trent, Alessandro Andreatta, the Mayor of Trent, Roberto Pradel, President of the Primiero Community, Giuseppe Ferrandi, Director of the Trentino Historical Museum Foundation, and Maurizio Gentilini, archivist and historian at the National Council of Research and author of a biography on Chiara Lubich to be released in 2020. Also present were the mayors of the Italian municipalities of Rocca di Papa, Frascati, Grottaferrata and Castel Gandolfo.

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