The Focolare Movement (www.focolare.us), founded in Trent, Italy, in 1943 by Chiara Lubich, is present today in 182 nations and reaches over 5 million people. Focolare means “hearth” or “family fireside.” Through its 18 branches and 6 mass movements the Focolare spirituality is having an impact on family life, the youth world and on all areas of ecclesial and secular life. Chiara Lubich, together with a small group of friends, realized that God is the only ideal worth living for and as a result they focused their lives on the Gospel. Many others followed. Their goal became one of striving towards the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer to the Father: “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21). A spirituality of unity came to life and gave rise to a movement of spiritual and social renewal. The official name of the Focolare Movement is the “Work of Mary.” Here information about the six-day summer festival for the youth 2012 in Europe sponsored by Youth for a United World, the youth branch of the Focolare movement.
Opening of beatification process for Chiara Lubich