Lubich Honored for Contribution to Ecumenical Dialogue

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JUNE 23, 2003 ( A Slovakian university granted an honorary degree to Focolare Movement founder Chiara Lubich, as its rector praised her as a “key personality of the ecumenical movement and interreligious dialogue.”

The state University of Trnava, founded in 1635, bestowed the honor today on Lubich in a ceremony at the Mariapolis Center here.

Recalling Lubich’s work, university rector Peter Blaho said: “Despite the spiritual crisis human civilization is experiencing today, Christianity is able to renew itself continually.”

In his address, Ladislav Csontos, the dean of the School of Theology, said of Lubich: “Her work was made present in Slovakia with the movement that had already taken root at the time of the Communist regime, offering to those who adhered to it, great spiritual support and the spirit of Vatican Council II to the life of the local Church.”

In her address, Lubich analyzed the roots of ecumenical dialogue are embedded in the very life of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This relation of love that arises from God is the force capable of transforming life in the family, in society, in the Church, and in the ecumenical and interreligious field, she said.