"Everything is okay in the end, if it's not ok, then it's not the end."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


This is the second time this world relay event has been held. The young people will run in symbolic locations around the globe, on the borders of countries at war, in forgotten areas of their cities, along the main roads of their biggest metropolises, to extend a rainbow of fraternity across the world.

In each time zone, there will be an event between 4 pm and 5 pm, when the baton is passed on to the next one. The relay will conclude with “Let’s colour our city”, transmitted live via internet between 6pm and 7.30pm from Piazza Navona (Rome).
An appointment with Chiara: a recorded video of a conversation with young people, and interviews with the first witnesses of the Focolare Movement.

Choreography, stories, projects: 2000 young people from all over the world in Rome, and over 100,000 in other places, with news and direct linkups with the relays in different countries.
“The time will come when the adult will finish his race”, Chiara wrote in 1968, “and the young person, now adult, will run until another young person catches up, with the same flag. Until all will be truly one and the testament of Jesus will be fulfilled.”

This was how forty years ago Chiara set in motion the historic handing on of the flag from those who began the Focolare Movement to the new generations.
Preparations for Run4Unity 2008 have been going on for more than a year, and it is the first major manifestation of the Focolare Movement since Chiara’s funeral. The young people of many different countries have expressed the view that the event be a sign of gratitude to her, and a renewed public commitment to carry ahead “her wildest dream…to bring the world, in her arms, to God. Father, may they all be one.”

Patrons: The President of the Italian Republic, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the General Secretary of the Council of Europe, the Region of Lazio.



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