Respecting ones neighbor and living under mutual respect is not a utopia. Thats the message the Focolare Movement is focusing on. In fact, it organized an international event to prove that its possible. More than 600 teachers from 35 different countries met at Castel Gandolfo to share experiences, initiatives and projects.
In the end, everyone agreed that peace must be achieved by first having people go beyond one's comfort zone.
President, Focolare Movement
"An open person, a person who knows how to combine the global with the local. A person who can help those who are nearby, while nourishing a soul that's open to the world and to the needs of humanity. I think this person can be an example of fraternity.”
But the meeting wasn't just about talk, but also about action. Participants agreed to follow 10 steps that promote fraternity, among them working in solidarity.
The Focolare Movement has a presence in more than 180 countries and it has roughly 100,000 members. It was founded by Chiara Lubich in the Italian city of Trent back in 1943. She always defended the skepticism of those who didn't believe in brotherhood.
Founder of the Focolare Movement
"It seems like a utopian project, but really any authentic teaching project, carries an element of utopia in it. We have to see it as an idea that can help us build the country we should have, but that does not yet exist.”
Despite the differences of its members, the Focolare Movement is proud of its unity, which led John Paul II to once say 'You are a people.'