Chiara Lubich
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On the 7th of December 1943, the young teacher, Silvia Lubich, would never have imagined that a few decades later four popes would have spoken quite striking words about her and her spiritual family.

She didn’t have any idea what she would live and see during the 88 years of her life. She didn’t have any idea that millions of people would follow her. She didn’t imagine that she and her friends would reach 182 nations.

Could she ever have thought that she would inaugurate a new season of communion in the Church and that she would open channels of ecumenical dialogue that had never before been used? Much less could she have imagined that her spiritual family would welcome in the faithful of other religions and people without any religious reference. Quite the contrary: She never thought of starting a movement.

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