The 50th anniversary for the Focolare Movement and the Bangwa people of Cameroon

14 to 17 December 2016

DSC3183-olswc_orgThe first focolarini doctors arrived in Fontem in 1966. The state of emergency of the Bangwa people became a priority for the whole Focolare Movement.

This jubilee year will come to its end with a solemn celebration to be held from the 14 to 17 December 2016. The Fons and other heads of institutions have been actively involved in the preparation of this celebration.

The programme includes: the success of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, which, with 500 students per year, is among the best five pre-university institutions in the anglophone Cameroonian system; life and work experiences of the Focolare Movement in Fontem; an International Conference on Interreligious Dialogue between Christianity and the African Traditional Religion, in these last 50 experience among the Bangwa people.


Press release – December 12, 2016


“Christian testimony in the face of African Traditional Religion”, by Bishop Andrew Nkea


Updated on December 15, 2016

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At UNESCO – “Reinventing peace”

Paris, November 15, 2016 on the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Prize for “Peace Education”given to Chiara Lubich.

1271548Chiara Lubich received the UNESCO prize for “Peace Education” in Paris on December 17,1996. She was given this prize because as stated, “In an age when ethnic and religious differences often lead to violent conflicts, this Movement builds bridges between individuals, generations, social classes and peoples”.

Twenty years later, almost a year after the terrorist attack in Paris and at a time when wars and armed conflicts cause horror and destruction in many parts of the world, the Focolare Movement, together with the General Directorate of UNESCO and the Permanent Observer of the Holy See, intends to reaffirm and witness commitment towards unity and peace in the same venue.

Press Release – October 26, 2016

Press Release – November 10, 2016

“Reinventing peace” – Programme

“Reinventing peace” – Speech by Maria Voce

“The unity of humankind and a culture of peace” – Speech by Jesús Morán

Acceptance Speech by Chiara Lubich upon receiving the UNESCO prize for Peace Education – December 17, 1996

“Reinventing peace” – Declaration


Updated on November 15, 2016

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A celebration in Algeria to mark the 50th anniversary of the Focolare Movement in North Africa and the Middle East

October 28, 2016

Alg-10On October 16, 2016 a Citroën 2 CV arrived in Tlemcen, a city of Algeria. On board, there were two Italian focolarini, Salvatore Strippoli and Ulisse Caglioni, and Pierre Le Vaslot, a French focolarino. This was the beginning of an adventure that led to an experience now lived in many places of North Africa and the Middle East. The 50 years of this experience are being marked during these days.

The two events that mark the fiftieth anniversary of this experience and hosted at “Dar es Salam”, the Focolare Centre at Tlemcen, are:

  • The second International Congress of Muslims of the Focolare Movement (October 28-30, 2016) with participants from Algeria, Lebanon, Eygpt, Jordan, Italy, France, Switzerland and Canada.
  • A feast to mark the fifty years of the Focolare Movement in Algeria (November 1-2, 2016) with participants from various communities and some of the first witnesses of this adventure. Jesús Morán, the co-president of the Movement will also be present.


Press release


Updated on November 2, 2016

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