Pope greets Margaret Karram

Pope Francis meets with the Focolare for their 80th anniversary

February 12, 2024

On 7th December Pope Francis met with the President and co-President of the movement along with other members to mark the 80th anniversary for the Focolare.

The Pope encouraged the Focolare to make a collaborative journey, strongly rooted in our spirituality and values, working together for a more peaceful society. He emphasized the Focolare’s vocation to peace:

Commitment to peace, so important today. Indeed, after two millennia of Christianity, the longing for unity continues to assume the form, in many parts of the world, of an agonizing cry that demands a response. Chiara heard this during the tragedy of the Second World War, and decided to give all her life so that the “legacy of Jesus” might be realized. Today, unfortunately, the world is still riven by many conflicts, and continues to need artisans of fraternity and peace between men and between nations. Chiara said, “To be love and to spread it is the general purpose of the Work of Mary” (cf. Eve of Pentecost, Saint Peter’s Square, 30 May 1998). Being love and spreading it: this is the main purpose.’ Pope Francis, 7 December

Full message from the Pope

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