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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Third Anniversary of Chiara Lubich's departure, Founder of Focolare Movement


Although her family fled to the mountains, she decided to stay in town to help victims cope with the terrible consequences of the war. She worked to bring unity and brotherhood to all people, which became the charism she promoted the rest of her life.

In 1991 in Brazil, impacted by the social conflict and misery of the “favelas,” Chiara launched the “Economy of Communion,” a project based on solidarity in which a portion of the proceeds is given to the poor. Currently, there are 700 companies that follow this philosophy.

From 1997 to 1998, Chiara worked especially hard to promote interfaith dialogue. She was invited to speak during this time about her charism to 800 Buddhist monks in Thailand, in New York to 3,000 Muslims at a Harlem mosque, and in Buenos Aires to a Jewish community. 

Chiara Lubich died on March 14, 2008, in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. Today, the Focolare Movement has 140,000 members and has over 2 million friends in 182 countries.