Pope Prays for Chiara Lubich's Recovery

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 8, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI imparted his blessing to Chiara Lubich, 86, founder and president of the Focolare Movement, who has been hospitalized in Rome.



Informed personally about her state of health by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, the Holy Father wished to express his "human and spiritual closeness," stated a communiqué issued by the Focolare movement.

The note explained that "the condition of the founder of the Focolarini is stabilizing progressively."

Lubich was hospitalized Nov. 2 in the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic of Rome, and was suffering from "respiratory insufficiency caused by a pulmonary infection ... The medical treatment continues," added the communiqué.

Chiara Lubich, born in Trento, Italy, in 1920, founded the Focolare Movement -- "Mary's Work" -- in 1943 in her native city. The movement is active in 182 countries.