Vatican City, Feb 6, 2021 / 06:39 am
Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged the Focolare Movement to have "dynamic fidelity" as the third president of the international Catholic organization begins her term.
Margaret Karram, an Arab Catholic originally from the Holy Land, was elected president of the Focolare Movement Jan. 31.
The Catholic organization, which is focused on the principles of unity and fraternity, was founded by the laywoman and Servant of God Chiara Lubich in northern Italy in 1943. Lubich died in 2008.
"Twelve years after Chiara Lubich left for Heaven, you are called to overcome the natural bewilderment and also the numerical decline, to continue to be a living expression of the founding charism," Pope Francis told participants in the organization's general assembly.