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One day in the 1940s, at the dawn of the Movement, a bishop sent for the young girls from Trent (Northern Italy). Unaware of the reason for the invitation Chiara was pensive. The girls prayed at length before   arriving at the imposing building of the bishop’s residence, in Piazza Fiore. They described the real revolution that was happening in their city as a result of their actions almost without being aware. They explained frankly that they were ready to destroy everything that had been built over the months if the bishop asked them to. Their thought was ‘God speaks in the bishop’. The only thing that interested them was God. Mons. Carlo De Ferrari listened to Chiara and her companions and smiled at them pronouncing a simple phrase which remains to this day, ‘Here is the finger of God’.

His approval for and benediction of the Movement accompanied them up to his death; an example of his support was shown when the numbers of young men and women wishing to enter the Focolare leaving their homes and possessions was growing, the bishop said that this could only happen if they had the approval of their parents. This act silenced many rumours. For Chiara and her first companions the existence and importance of the Church was the only certain reality. In time the spirituality of unity saw the Church essentially and fundamentally as communion.

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The Adventure of Unity/Summer of 1949
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This year, as the Movement marks its 70th anniversary we continue with a series on the history of the Focolare, presenting some foundational moments that were the cause of the birth, development and spreading of the Movement around the world.
In Argentina: a seminar of the Bishops Conference of Latin America (CELAM)
Monday, September 30, 2013
Latin America. At the Focolare’s permanent Mariapolis in Argentina four days of intense study on “Trinitarian Anthropology,” promoted by the Bishops Conference of Latin America (September 6-9, 2013) .
Ireland: Living a Spirituality of Communion Today
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Some topics that emerged at an open meeting of the Focolare community with Maria Voce and Giancarlo Faletti: youth, family and Church. A space dedicated to teenagers at the conclusion of Ireland’s Run4Unity.