Beatification of Chiara Lubich
With interest and excitement members and friends of the Focolare in Ireland and all over the world have welcomed the news that their founder Chiara Lubich has begun the journey towards beatification.
The beatification takes place in Rome where Msgr. Raffaello Martinelli has chosen the Cathedral of Frascati, for the official opening of the “process on the life, virtues, reputation for holiness and signs” of Chiara Lubich.
This is significant because it was in the Diocese of Frascati that she lived most of her life at the International Centre of the Focolare Movement. She passed away six years ago and rests in the chapel of this Centre.
Maria Voce, president of Focolare announced the news in a letter stating that the beatification is a ’novelty’ as the promotion of a Gospel experience of going to God together, rather than as individuals was one of Chiara Lubich’s trademarks. Miriam Gormally spoke with Declan O’Brien, member of the Focolore in Ireland to find out more and how he himself got involved with the Focolore.