“Change your heart. Change the world.”

From April 30 to May 7, 2017 United World Week organized by the youth and teenagers of the Focolare Movement.

SMU50The basic theme for United World Week is peace. We will be discussing interior peace, world peace, local peace. We would like to show that peace generates personal and social change; it produces an economy that focuses on the wellbeing of the human person and a politics of service to individuals and communities; it stimulates integration and renewal processes”.

United World Week came into being after Genfest 1995 and since then it has been contributing towards giving visibility to initiatives started by individuals and groups. From April 30 to May7, 2017, the youth of the Focolare Movement will animate initiatives wherever Focolare communities are present. These will be carried out in collaboration with groups, movements, associations and institutions, often through ecumenical and interreligious participation and the involvement of civil and religious authorities.

The world relay Run4Unity, animated mainly by children and teenagers, will be held on May 7 between 11.00 and 12.00 in each time zone.

The 2017 edition of United World Week will also be an occasion to launch the logo of the coming Genfest, the international youth meeting organized by the Focolare Movement to be held in Manila, the Philippines, in July 2018.


Press Release April 26, 2017






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Chiara Lubich and the family


Chiara Lubich a Loppiano – © CSC Audiovisivi – Archivio

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”.


Press release – March 3, 2017

Press release – March 12, 2017

Dossier: The New Families of the Focolare Movement celebrates its 50th anniversary

Dossier: Chiara Lubich to the families


Maria Voce’s address



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