This morning, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as part of his visit to Rome, visited the International Focolare Centre, which is located at Rocca di Papa.
President Maria Voce welcomed him to the house where Chiara Lubich lived and to the chapel where the tomb of the founder of the Focolare Movement is located.
The Patriarch wrote in Greek in the guest book.
Afterwards, greetings and gifts were exchanged and the President presented to the Patriarch the co-president Jesús Morán and a small delegation of the Movement.
The Patriarch was accompanied by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Bishop Cassianos of Arabissos, Abbot of the Monastery of Halki, Patriarchal Deacon James Krochak as well as Andrea Palmieri, Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The Patriarch mentioned the founder of the Movement and said characteristically:
“Chiara was committed to brotherhood, unity and peace in all areas of human life. She gave us a message through her life and her writings that we can not ignore. The Movement and all the works that exist today are the testimony of a life dedicated to the Lord, that also passed through the Cross, but always aimed at the Resurrection”.