Chiara Lubich: LIGHT LIFE and CULTURE

Chiara Lubich

Look, I am a soul
passing through this world.
I have seen many beautiful
and good things and I have always
been attracted only by them.
One day (one indescribable day)
I saw a light. It appeared to me
as more beautiful than the other
beautiful things, and I followed it.
I realized it was the Truth

Chiara Lubich
Letter 1946


Outline of the life of Chiara Lubich (an excerpt)

Founder of the Focolare Movement

1920  Chiara Lubich is born in Trent, Northern Italy, on 22 January.

1938  Having received her primary-school teaching diploma, she teaches in several towns in the valleys of the Trentino region. She enrols on a philosophy course at Venice University. She will not be able to complete her degree because of the war and her dedication to the newly-begun Movement.

1939  During a visit to the Marian shrine of Loreto, she has an intuition of her vocation: a small community modelled on the family of Nazareth with Jesus in its midst. It will be the focolare.

1943  On 7 December in secret she gives her life to God. This day is considered the beginning of the Focolare Movement (the Work of Mary).

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Awards and Prizes

Awards and Prizes given to Chiara Lubich by international and academic bodies:

International Awards

  • UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 1996 (Paris, December 1996)
  • Council of Europe Human Rights Prize 1998 (Strasburg, September 1998)

National Awards

  • Brazil – National Order of the Southern Cross from the Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Rome, October 1998)
  • Germany – Grand Merit Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany from the German President, Johannes Rau (Rome, June 2000)
  • Italy – Knight Grand Cross from the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (Rome, June 2003)

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