Friday, March 14, 2008

Son of a Lubich! Chiara Dead

November 2nd is "All Souls Day;" March 14th, aside from being Pi Day, is one soul's day. The soul? It is that of Chiara Lubich.

One of the most influential women in Catholicism, Chiara Lubich, who founded the international Focolare movement of the Roman Catholic Church, died on Friday at the age of 88. The Focolare movement, which has members in over 180 countries, aims to spread Christian values by strengthening traditional families and promoting ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

Lubich got her inspiration during the horrors of World War Two, when she was a school teacher. At the age of 23, she said she experienced a religious awakening and felt a call to alleviate human suffering. She won numerous awards, including the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion and the Unesco peace prize.
This all goes to prove Tina Fey's maxim: Lubiches get things done.


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