Who is Chiara?
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On December 7, 1943, the young teacher, Silvia Lubich, would never have imagined that a few decades later so many personalities from the civil and religious worlds – including four popes – would have spoken quite striking words about her and her spiritual family.

She didn’t have any idea what she would live and see during the 88 years of her life. She didn’t have any idea that millions of people would follow her. She didn’t know that she would reach 182 nations with her ideal.

Could she ever have thought that she would inaugurate a new season of communion in the Church and that she would open channels of ecumenical dialogue that had never before been used?

Much less could she have imagined that her spiritual family would welcome in the faithful of other religions and people without any religious affiliation. Quite the contrary: She never thought of starting a movement.

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Chiara Lubich and Religions. Judaism
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Dialogue with the Jews is especially important to Christians. John Paul II spoke of them as our “elder brothers”, and Benedict XVI’s “fathers in the faith” further highlighted the deep bond between Christians and Jews.
Chiara Lubich: the pedagogy of fraternity
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In the south of Italy a kindergarten named after the foundress of the Focolare, chosen as the example of a pedagogy of fraternity and of love for the youngest and the least.
Chiara Lubich and World Religions: Islam
Sunday, February 16, 2014 |
In view of the sixth anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s death (1920-2008), this brief summary is presented concerning the dialogue that has developed between the Focolare and members of Islam.