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Focolare Movement hosts summer gathering at Liverpool Hope

Focolare Tuesday 4 August 2015

The Focolare summer gathering brought more than 700 people from across the UK to Liverpool Hope University to celebrate the gospel message of love.

Signs of Hope was the theme of Mariapolis 2015, and delegates were invited to explore areas of interest, including interfaith dialogue, Christian unity, the impact of the gospel on society, the environment, family and education.

The six-day event was hosted by Focolare in Ireland and Britain, and featured keynote speakers Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, and Director of the Islamic Centre of England Mohammed Ali Shomali.

Focolare aims to join with others to build a more united world, with Bishop Leahy and Mr Shomali exploring how living a spirituality of unity results in a culture of dialogue.

Professor Gerard Pillay, Vice Rector and Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University, also spoke at the Signs of Hope event. The University has a long relationship with Focolare and recently commissioned a sculpture from its international arts centre in Loppiano, Tuscany.

The iconic piece of art is a symbol of unity and represents an open gateway welcoming people to the University. It will be officially unveiled in September.

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