Friday, March 14, 2008
CHIARA LUBICH DIED LAST FRIDAY
ROME (Reuters) - Chiara Lubich, founder of the international Focolare movement of the Roman Catholic Church and one of the most influential women in modern Catholicism, died on Friday, her movement said.
Lubich, who was 88, died at her home south of Rome after being discharged from hospital on Thursday night, in line with her wishes. She had been in frail health for years.
The Focolare Movement has more than 140,000 core members and 2.1 million adherents in 182 countries worldwide.
The movement, which means hearth or fireside, attempts to spread Christian values by strengthening traditional families and promoting ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.
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