At the start of the General Assembly of the Focolare

From 24th January to the 7th February the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement will take place on-line. It will be the moment to renew the roles of President, Co-President, and the leadership team and will define direction of the Movement for the next six years.

The Assembly has been preceded by a series of webinars in which all the communities of the Focolare world -wide have participated. It will be the Third General Assembly of the Focolare since the death of its founder Chiara Lubich. The Assembly which should have taken place at the beginning of September 2020, was postponed because of the pandemic.

362 people from all over the world will participate, representing the different cultures, generations, vocations, church membership and religious faiths that are present in the Focolare Movement.

Elections of the president, copresident and councillors
Using a system of on-line voting, on 31st January the election of the President will take place. On February 1st, the Co-president will be elected and on February 4th there will be the elections of the councillors who collaborate with the President in the different roles in the governance of the Movement.

What subjects will be addressed?
More than 3,000 proposals have arrived from the whole world, concerning the subjects to be dealt with in the Assembly and the directions that the Movement should follow in the next six years.,

The suggestions received have been divided into four main categories: bringing up to date of the charism that has been handed down by the foundress; the culture that stems from the charism of unity; the environmental crisis and the pandemic; working together with the new generations.

In a recent interview the current Co-president of the Focolare, Jesús Morán, said that there will also be space for dialogue and discussion concerning the topic of abuse, both in the six-yearly report of the President, which will open the Assembly and in a talk given by the Co-president.

News and up-dates on the work of the Assembly will be available daily on the web page of the focolare and through future press releases.