The Focolare Movement has received the surprising news of Pope Francis’s visit to Loppiano, scheduled for 10th May 2018. Focolare President, Maria Voce, will receive the Pope, together with the local Ordinary, Rt Rev. Mario Meini, Bishop of Fiesole.
Maria Voce’s immediate response was: “This surprising news has given me deep joy. It is a great honour for the Focolare Movement to welcome a Pope into our midst, in one of our little towns. Above all, it prompts us to intensify our commitment to live love and unity, being rooted in the Gospel. All we want is that the Pope should find this breath of Gospel life on his arrival at Loppiano. Now that the news is spreading to the Movement’s communities, this joy and commitment will be shared all over the world”.
Loppiano is the first of the Focolare’s little towns, established in 1964 on the Tuscan hills not far from Florence, where the Sophia University Institute was also located. Currently, there are 850 residents: men and women, families, young people and children, priests and religious from 65 countries and all 5 continents. More than half live there permanently while others are attending one of the 12 international schools. This multi-national and multi-cultural population makes Loppiano a workshop of shared living among people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and religious faiths.
(from the website of the Focolare Movement)
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his foundation, last September 2014, pope Francis sent his warm greetings video to the inhabitants of the International Center, saying among other things: “… It is not a coincidence that you have a site in Loppiano, where the Sophia University Institute was established by the Holy See several years ago. ”
It is therefore with particular joy that the academic community also awaits the visit of Pope Francis, in order to witness from all gratitude, full support and daily commitment to translate the new life of the Gospel into works and culture.
Read the text: “VIDEO MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF LOPPIANO”