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(Ital., ‘hearth’).

A lay movement, predominantly RC but with ecumenical membership and aspirations. Officially styled ‘Opera di Maria’ (‘Work of Mary’), it was founded at Trent, N. Italy, by Chiara Lubich in 1943. It received Papal approval in 1962 and its statutes were sanctioned in 1990. It includes both celibate and married people, and seeks unity through dialogue between Churches, with other religions, and with contemporary culture.

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