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Focolare celebrates 45th anniversaryChiara Lubich
- ucanews.com, Manila
- March 15, 2011
The occasion also celebrated the beatification last year of movement member, Chiara ‚ÄúLuce‚ÄĚ Badano, as well as the third death anniversary of Focolare‚Äôs founder Chiara Lubich.
During the day-long celebration, the movement reflected on the short life of Italian teenager Badano, its first beatified member, who lost the use of her legs and later died from an aggressive type of bone cancer in 1990 aged just 18.
‚ÄúIf I had to choose between walking and going to Paradise, I'd have no doubt, I would choose Paradise. Now I'm only interested in that,‚ÄĚ she once told a friend.
Her last words to her mother before she died were: ‚ÄúBe happy, I am happy!‚ÄĚ
In 1999, the Catholic Church began the process of her beatification, with the required miracle being approved just two years ago - the recovery of an Italian boy with meningitis who had been given only 48 hours to live.
Focolare also celebrated its founder‚Äôs contribution to the Philippines and the world.
Lubich died at age 88 on March 14, 2008. She was president of the worldwide Focolare movement, which now has communities in 182 countries.
Lubich‚Äôs last visit to Manila was in 1997 to receive an honoris causa doctorate degree in Sacred Theology from the Catholic and Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.
Among Lubich‚Äôs important contributions is in the field of economics. She introduced the Economy of Communion, a system where business owners help the less fortunate by donating their profits.
She through the movement was a leading proponent of love universal brotherhood and unity. ‚ÄúThere is no problem which love cannot solve,‚ÄĚ she once said.