Chiara Luce Badano – a saint at 18


Chiara Luce Badano
Chiara Luce Badano.
Chiara Luce Badano (1971-1990) will be beatified on Saturday, 25 September 2010 at The Shrine Of Our Lady Of Divine Love In Rome, Italy.

Chiara Luce she was born in Sassello, Italy, on 29 October 1971, and grew up in a family that taught her the values of faith. She became part of the Focolare Movement founded by Chiara Lubich as a 'Gen' (New Generation, youth of the movement), through which she discovered God as Love and the Ideal of her life, and committed herself to doing the will of God, out of love, in each moment.

At 17 Chiara Luce was diagnosed with bone cancer. She entrust herself to God’s love and, when feeling pain, would say: "If you want it, Jesus, I want it too."

On the day of her death on 7 October 1990, she said goodbye to her mother with the words: "Be happy, because I am!"

People immediately recognised her as a saint, and echoes of her sanctity progressively spread. In 2009, when a young boy in Italy was dying from meningitis, his parents learned of Chiara Luce’s story and sought her intercession. He was fully healed, and a panel of doctors ruled out any medical explanation for this turn of events.

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI recognised this event as a miraculous healing.

Now the Church will soon proclaim Chiara Luce Badano as “blessed” - a model for holiness for people of all ages.

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If you would like to learn more about Chiara Luce Badano, the Focolare Movement Sydney is holding an evening introducing and celebrating her life on Sunday 28 November at St Fiacre Parish Hall, 98 Catherine St Leichhardt.

The event starts at 6:30pm with a BYO dinner, before an address on Chiara Luce from 7.30pm to 9pm, followed by supper and discussion.

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