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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Chiara Lubich to Christians and Muslims gathered in Castelgandolfo, Italy, in 2002: “The importance of love of neighbour in creating brotherhood”

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As some Middle Eastern countries – with faithful of different religions – are going through difficult moments, we offer a talk by Chiara Lubich which she delivered during a meeting of Chrisitans and Muslim friends of the Focolare. It was November 1, 2002.

The title was: “Some characterstics of love for neighbor.”From the first words we become aware of the deep brotherly relationship among the numerous listeners, a strong and timely testimony of a friendship between Christians and Muslims that is not only possible, but already a reality among many who are living in those conflicted lands.

“Dearest brothers and sisters, it is with great joy that I welcome you. May the Lord bless this gathering and grant that it produce finest fruit.” These were the opening words of Chiara as she greeted her joyful audience.

She began her presentation by offering her own experience of the encounter with God, a God who is Love and who urges us to love our brothers and sisters.

She strongly underscored that love for neighbour, composed of mercy, benevolence, compassion, solidarity and charity. . . “is of utmost importance if we wish to create that brotherhood that the world is in such need of.”

Listen to the video: L’amore al prossimo