The 9th anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s death will be on March 14. The theme chosen to mark this anniversary is the family, a theme very much in keeping with the dynamics opened by the Synod of Bishops and the subsequent Apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia.
Chiara considered the family as “ the seed of communion for humanity of the third millennium”. She affirmed this in her message to Familyfest 1993, while hoping that “the values ingrained in the family – gratuitousness, spirit of service, reciprocity – are conveyed to the whole human family”.
In these words of Chiara,one finds the meaning of initiatives and events that will take place in various countries during 2017. Families from the five continents are expected to participate in the international event that will be held in the small town of Loppiano, from 10-12 March 2017. Live streaming on Saturday 11th, 16:00-18:30 (CET, UTC+1).
The anniversary of Lubich’s passing away is an annual occasion for the Focolari communities worldwide to meet, celebrate, give witness and renew commitment. So, the year 2017 will also be enriched by a multitude of events happening from Singapore to Vilnius (Lithuania), from Sydney (Australia) to Houston (USA), from Manaus (Brazil) to Bujumbura (Burundi), that embrace the world like the stars in heaven and recall Chiara’s legacy: “Be a family”.
1100 people from 49 countries, involved in the Economy of Communion, will meet Pope Francis on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
The Economy of Communion may be considered as a prophetic sign. It originated in May 1991, in Brazil as a reaction to the scandalous situation of the favelas that surround the city of San Paolo. Chiara Lubich invited a first group of entrepreneurs to set up businesses that follow the market laws and produce profits “which would be freely put in common”. Its aim is to help the poor, create jobs and promote the culture of giving as an alternative to the culture of having.
Since then, 25 years have passed. And on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1100 people involved in the Economy of Communion (EoC) will meet Pope Francis at Paul VI Hall. The majority of them are entrepreneurs, men and women, who chose communion as away of life, personally and also in the running of their businesses. They will be joined by students, scholars and professors, who, through research and academic activity, aim at laying a theoratical foundation to the inspiration economy/communion.
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