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Friday, September 13, 2013
On 13th September, Pope Francis received in audience Maria Voce, the president of the Focolare Movement, and Giancarlo Faletti, co-president.

©Osservatore Romano – Pope Francis welcomed Maria Voce and Giancarlo Faletti

At the end of the audience Maria Voce said, “A conversation with familiar tones. We could see the great importance the Pope gives to a Christian life of commitment and communion”.

The president of the Focolare Movement continued to say, “ The life of the Gospel is of particular importance to him. He encouraged us to keep going ahead with joy, because a Christian without joy will not attain anything.So, a Christianity of commitment, communion and joy”.

This meeting provided an opportunity to present the Focolare Movement and its initiatives in different parts of the world, highlighting its specific contribution in different places. Maria Voce said, “Pope Francis thanked us for the work of the Move

ment all over the world”.

They were able to speak about the various aspects of the Movement’s commitments:from its material and spiritual capillary action in favour of families and youth in many places in Syria to its cultural initiatives promoted in China; from its interreligious dialogue with Buddhists, Muslims and Jews to its involvement in the project “Amazzonia” launched by the Brazilian Episcopal Conference for the evangelization of this vast area; from the testimony of forgiveness and reconciliation in various African countries struck by war to the revitalization of fraternal relationships in anonymous districts of various metropolis in the West, to the enterprising initiatives in the social sphere, such as the Economy of Communion.

© Pope Francis welcomed Maria Voce

When speaking about their latest visit to Jordan, where they met the Focolare Communities of the Middle East and North Africa, Maria Voce shared with the Pope the experience of those days of tension and uncertainty. Even there, on September 7, the members of the Movement present in Amman and belonging to various churches and religions lived the day of fasting and prayers for peace. “

One could feel the Pope’s open-heartedness and his great desire to embrace all humanity through this prayer,” commented Maria Voce.

“And the Middle East was present in this embrace”. Maria Voce concluded: “The Pope’s words made us realize how much he appreciates the Movements. When speaking of any situation, he remarked on how important it is that the movements sustain these situations. You can see that the Pope recognizes their ability to put the radicalness of the Gospel in the foreground”.

Press Release

See Rome Reports’ account of the meeting and YouTube video


Maria Lourdes

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 17:49

Gostei quando o Papa Francisco disse; ” Vamos adiante com coragem e alegria, porque um cristão sem alegria não consegue nada”. convido todos para renovar a coragem de abraçar Jesus Abandonado, logo,imediatamente e com alegria, como disse nossa saudosa Chiara Lubich. Mantenhamo-nos uno para recolocar e reavivar o amor recíproco entre nós e amar não só com palavras e de boca, mas com ações e de verdade. Um abraço ! Dulce / Itapipoca-Sobral-Ceará.

Fotoh Paul

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 00:06

Grazie Papa francesco per l’incoraggiamento. grazie a Emmaus e Giancarlo per la vostra capicita sintetica di poter raccontare tutta la vita del movimento al papa senza troppe parole.
Che Dio stesso ci aiuta ad esser fedele a quel devessere nostro.

Vorrei chiamare il pap al telefono, come faccio?

Lotana Motuku

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 01:33

A big thank you to all of you that put together this newsletter. It’s great gift to read all those positive news of our movement, especially to read the news of the Pope and Maria Voce’s meeting. Grazie, Grazie!Grazie!!


Monday, September 16, 2013 at 01:29

Un Papa cercano, que quiere trabajo concreto por la fraternidad universal, por los más débiles. Que es voz de los que no tienen voz. Qué bueno que pueda contar con nuestras oraciones, con nuestro compromiso.

Jessie Rodrigues, Bangalore

Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 17:48

How wonderful it is to see our Holy Father meeting Maria Voce & acknowledging the great works of Focolare movement all over the world irrespective of cast & creed. The theme Focolare always follows is Unity & Love, which is most needed by one & all especially the youth all over the world. May the hand of our Lord be with all the people in Focolare Movement & also on those who are directly or indirectly involved with them in love & unity.