Focolare Little Towns
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The development of the Focolare little towns can be traced through a series of events and intuitions experienced by Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement.

There is a note in one of Chiara Lubich’s diaries which recalls a visit to a Swiss abbey in 1962 where she experienced the first intuitions of the idea of having ‘little towns’ inhabited by the people of the Focolare Movement. She wrote: “It was at Einsiedeln that I understood, from looking at the abbey church below and all that was surrounding it, that a town of the Movement should develop, which wouldn’t be made up of an abbey or hotels, but rather of simple houses, work places, schools – just like an ordinary town.” These developments grew and are known today as little towns or permanent Mariapolis.

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Argentina: International Youth Camp
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Loppiano: A special ‘thank you’ to Vincenzo (Eletto) Folonari
Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Saturday 21 June: A live streaming event from Loppiano starting at 3:30pm. The program consists of testimonies and folklore to celebrate Eletto fifty years after his death. He was instrumental in the development of Loppiano and the youth section of the Focolare Movement.