The Holy Father, in today’s Angelus address to the pilgrims in Rome, mentioned Blessed Chiara Badano. Just yesterday she was proclaimed one of the Blessed.
Chiara Badano was born in 1971 and died at age 19 years and was sick most of her life. Her nickname was “Chiara Luce” which translated means “bright light”. The Pope called her a ray of light for all of us, especially for the young who can find in her an example of Christian life. It is said that her final words were, “Mom, good bye. Be happy for I am happy.” Despite her illness, she maintained her joy.
She belonged to the “Movimento dei Focolari” a movement founded by Chiara Lubich in the 1940s and approved by the pope in 1962. Its spirituality focuses on unity of all men and women.
She truly will be a saint of our times, and not only that, but a saint with whom our teenagers and other youth will identify.
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