Chiara Lubich’s health is steadily improving. Taken into the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli hospital in Rome on November 2nd with breathing difficulties caused by a lung infection, Chiara Lubich has now been discharged from intensive care. The Director of the unit, prof. Massimo Antonelli, stated, “her positive response to treatment has allowed her to reach a stable and satisfactory clinical condition”. The Movement is extremely grateful for all the care received, and for the availability and competence of the Director and his associates.
On November 21, the Secretary of State of the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, visited Chiara, after celebrating Mass for the inauguration of the new academic year at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Giving her another blessing from the Pope, he also gave her a rosary on his behalf. The following day Chiara was visited by prof. Lorenzo Ornaghi, Rector of the Catholic University.
Among the messages that arrive each day:
One from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, and others from members of the European, Italian, and Brazilian Parliaments of various parties, from the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, and Alberto Pacher, Mayor of Trento, Chiara’s birthplace, who expressed the city’s concern for her health.
The head of the Italian Government, Romano Prodi, sent a wish that “her stay in hospital be very short”, because, he adds, “we need you too much….”.
Warm wishes and assurances of prayers have come from the General Secretary of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), Dr William Vendley, and from Jewish friends. including Rabbis and leaders, from Israel, Argentina and the United States. The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo di Segni, wishes that “her body be as strong as her spirit and manage to overcome this crisis”