An economy to help eradicate poverty

1100 people from 49 countries, involved in the Economy of Communion, will meet Pope Francis on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

focus_10The 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.

Press release – January 30, 2017

Press release – February 4, 2017

Dossier – Economy of Communion

Dossier – The beginning of the Economy of Communion

Dossier – The Economy of Communion recognized through awards given to Chiara Lubich


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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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