General Assembly Diary 4, 27 January 2021

General Assembly Diary 4, 27 January 2021

On the third and final day of spiritual retreat of the General Assembly, the icon of the Holy Trinity was at the centre of the meditations, reflections and communion. It was presented as a model of a “collective holiness” (Maria Voce) and relationships of love that bring out the “plan of God” on each person (Claudio Guerrieri).

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New Year New Hope!

New Year New Hope!

The Focolare communities in the North of England are having an open meeting via Zoom on Saturday 30th January. To receive the link, please email north@focolare.org.uk

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Focolare and cases of abuse: a watershed moment

Focolare and cases of abuse: a watershed moment

An interview with Jesús Morán Cepedano, co-president of the Focolare Movement since 2014 and, as stated in the Movement’s statutes, responsible for moral and disciplinary issues. (The interview was conducted by Lorenzo Prezzi and Marcello Neri).

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Charism, prophecy, incarnation

Charism, prophecy, incarnation

“Who knows if our role is not so much to give ‘light’, but rather to enter into the darkness, into the mud, into the desperation of lack of dignity, […] into the thousands of different kinds of poverty of our times?” This provocative question may best capture the second day of the spiritual retreat of the Focolare General Assembly.

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A Global pact

A Global pact

The second day of the General Assembly of the Focolare began with an ecumenical prayer presented by participants from various Churches. It was addressed to Jesus in his forsakenness on the cross, so that he would help each one to “grow in listening to one another”; teach us to “welcome together the Holy Spirit” and “the cry of today’s humanity” so as “to become instruments of unity”.

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A Solemn yet familiar atmosphere

A Solemn yet familiar atmosphere

It has begun! At 12.30 (UTC +1) the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement began: long awaited and prepared with members and adherents of the Focolare from all over the world. Originally scheduled for September 2020, it was postponed due to the pandemic and is taking place electronically.

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Margaret Karram about the next Genfest 2024

Margaret Karram about the next Genfest 2024

Message of Margaret Karram, President of the Focolare Movement, to all those who are preparing for the next Genfest 2024, the event of the Movement’s young people that will take place in Aparecida, Brazil, and in different parts of the world with various local Genfests.

Mutual love is our uniform

Mutual love is our uniform

A short video supporting the theme of the year: ‘We are called and we are sent’ – part of the Conference Call of 7 October 2023. ‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (Jn 13: 35)

Filling up the cracks

Filling up the cracks

Lesley Ellison is from Liverpool. She was the first non-Catholic to enter a Focolare community. Building unity beyond age-old prejudices, distrust and rifts. Generating, day after day, a dialogue that has become a way of life.
Mary and Paul Gateshill speak about the practice of ‘Prayer for Unity’ which gathers people regularly from all over the world. Interview by Andrea Fleming (2022).

At the start of the General Assembly of the Focolare

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.

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Sexual Abuse by a consecrated member of the Focolare Movement in France

Sexual Abuse by a consecrated member of the Focolare Movement in France

We want to share with you the press release giving details of the independent investigation into sexual abuse in France. It is also on the international Focolare website and was publicised on December 23rd 2020. If anyone reading this has any issues or queries in relation to the press release, feel free to contact Frank Johnson (frank.johnson@focolare.org.uk) or Liz Taite (liz.taite@focolare.org.uk).

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