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Centro Internazionale di Loppiano

Centro Internazionale di Loppiano

Loppiano, comune di Incisa Valdarno

RELIGIONS Judaism, Catholic, Protestant, Islam, Orthodox, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism


Located on two hundred and sixty hectares of hilly terrain, in the municipality of Incisa Val d'Arno, 20 kilometers from Florence. Loppiano. is the first international citadel of the Focolare Movement Hearth Movement). Born in 1964, today it has about 800 inhabitants. More than half of them live there permanently. Others are in transit for a stay that can vary from 6 to 18 months. There are no entrances, gates or welcome signs. Loppiano is a city where everyone can enter, taking the road from any direction. It is not characterized by a particular architecture. There you can find "life" that explodes, knocking on one of the little houses that are located along its hilly paths. Inside, you can go around the world in a coffee shop: from New Caledonia to China, Syria or Pakistan.
Loppiano was founded by Chiara Lubich in 1964 on the land donated by Vincenzo Folonari , with the aim of putting into practice the ideals of the movement founded by her previously.
Two hundred people live permanently in Loppiano, plus about six hundred others who spend a period of training there; residents come from seventy countries. There is the headquarters of the Sophia University Institute, affiliated to the movement.
The diversity of languages, cultures and backgrounds also manifests itself in music. The multicultural bands Gen Rosso and Gen Verde have their origins and location in the citadel.
The inhabitants of Loppiano work mainly in companies of various fields ranging from agro-food (wine, olive oil, honey) to crafts (wood, cloth, furniture), art, medical care.
In August 2006 it hosted over 4000 young participants in the RoverWay'06, an international meeting of the Scout movement .
The experience underlying the birth of Loppiano has been resumed in other countries and today many citadels of the movement have been founded.
In a world where cities appear increasingly multi-ethnic and multicultural, the mere fact of living in the same place as people from different countries would not make Mariapoli (Cities of the Virgin Mary) a particular place. If the citadels have something to say or to give, it is exactly because the people who live and work there strive daily to put into practice the law that makes this coexistence express the beauty and wealth of a united world by love. It is a law that is rooted in the universal law of love, expressed in every religion and which finds its origin in the golden rule – Do unto others as you would have others do unto you - and that finds in the new commandment of mutual love, expressed in the Gospel, the only law to reassemble everyone in fraternity.

A law that is put into practice in every area and in every moment of the day, in the continuous welcoming and love for those you meet, those you work, study, live, pray with...
That same law is also suggested by those who come and visit Loppiano and that means that a city of dialogue and fraternity can really be achieved.
In the citadel spirituality courses are held according to a method supported by experience (with expositions of the various points of the evangelical spirituality of the Movement, of its aspects, its history, with communion of soul, that is, with mutual communication, by all, of what has been understood, putting into practice the concepts learned ...); lessons are given in theology, dogmas, morals, the history of the Church; participants witness the daily Holy Mass; they work hard, but they also play.
The citadel receives visitors who want to know its "ideals"; one learns above all to love Christendom and always to live with the presence of Jesus in our midst. Furthermore, due to its own maturation, all the inhabitants, despite being different gender (there are precisely focolarini (males) and focolarine (females), consecrated people, married couples, volunteers, families, priests, religious men and women, young people, live in the same reality, even with the necessary distinction, because even if the state of consecration is greatly valued in the Movement, it is not the one that is emphasized the most, rather, it the charity that everyone can burn in his/her own own heart and that makes many one single thing.
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History of the site and of the movement


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