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Transcending Boundaries: Chiara Lubich and the great Religions

Chiara Lubich and interreligious dialogue, a way to give a soul to globalisation. A video made by Collegamento CH for the world-wide link-up of the Focolare movement aired on June 13, 2020. Languages in Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and German....

Searching for Jerusalem’s Vocation Together

“Together for Jerusalem” was a seminar sponsored by the Focolare in the Holy Land together with the Sophia University Institute (Italy).The seminar gathered Jewish and Christian biblical experts to focus on the vocation of Jerusalem as seen in the Bible, thus setting a biblical foundation to the goals of the Focolare’s future International Center for Unity and Peace in Jerusalem.

“Chiara Lubich, City – World”

“Linked to Chiara’s visit in 1956 there is also the idea of having a physical place in Jerusalem that would testify that unity is possible. With time, this intuition became clearer in the project of an International Centre for Unity and Peace: it is a project that we are carrying out and that we hope to be able to realize soon. If there is a place where it makes sense to be a presence of unity, it is Jerusalem.”

Nasce il “Centro per l’unità e la pace”

Si trova al confine tra la parte ebraica e quella araba di Gerusalemme. Sarà un luogo di spiritualità, studio, dialogo e formazione per la Città Santa e per il mondo intero. Uno storico francese scrive che Gerusalemme non è di Gerusalemme, ma è una città-mondo, una...

International Center for Unity and Peace

The plan consists of the construction of an international center of spirituality, study, dialogue and formation.

The desire of Chiara Lubich

Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was foundress of the Focolare and she was conferred the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, received various honorary citizenships and awards as well as 15 honorary doctorates in a variety of academic disciplines.

Already in 1956, Chiara Lubich had the opportunity to come to Jerusalem.  She visited the site of the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (in the area of Mt. Zion), which a tradition links to the moment following the Last Supper in which Jesus asks the Father “that they may all be one” (John 17:21).  Chiara expressed the desire to one day have a center there, given that the specific goal of the Focolare is precisely to contribute to the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer for unity. Read more…

The building project

On August 2, 2016, the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee gave final approval of the plan of the “Focolare Visitor Center.”

The Center is planned as a multi-use structure suitable for hosting various local and international events and initiatives.  It will cover two floors with a total surface area of 1,180 square meters: a lower floor is to be comprised of modular partitions with the possibility of seminar halls, an exhibition area, a library and a prayer room; the upper floor will include an auditorium for 150 persons, an administrative area and a coffee bar.

An essential and important part of the project is the surrounding open area of almost 8,000 square meters where rest areas will alternate with green zones, thus facilitating socializing and interactive activities. Read more…

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We call on everyone to take part in the realization of the International Center for Unity and Peace in Jerusalem. Every initiative from all around the world is very much welcomed.

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