Chiara Lubich’s Heritage to Be Preserved

ROCCA DI PAPA, Italy, AUG. 25, 2008 ( A center is being established to pass on the spiritual patrimony of Chiara Lubich, founder of the lay Focolare movement.

The establishment of the “Chiara Lubich Center” has been entrusted to Eli Folonari, who served as Lubich’s personal secretary for more than 50 years.

The center will collect and organize the letters, talks, documents, and audio and video recordings left by Lubich, who died in March. Just the recordings alone include 8,000 videos and 22,000 audio casettes of some of the key moments in the movement’s history, as well as speeches given by Lubich on a variety of occasions.

The work of cataloguing the hundreds of paper files of talks, letters and documents already began several years ago.

Carla Cotignoli, of the Focolare information service, told ZENIT that the center will be based in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. The programming phase for the center will begin next month.