Liverpool welcomes the Mariapolis event again this year, for three days of spiritual reflection, creative workshops, trips and games hosted at Liverpool Hope University from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July. Open to people of all ages, and from all backgrounds and religious beliefs (or none), Mariapolis has been dubbed 'a meeting place for people who believe in the good of others'.
The event is something of an international phenomenon, as there are Mariapolises every year in countries as diverse as Tanzania, Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand and Indonesia. Some are small, with just a few families gathering in Siberia, for example, while others are larger. Wherever it takes place, each Mariapolis shares its roots in a spirituality of unity which emerged from Chiara Lubich and a group of young people living in the northern Italian town of Trent in the 1940s. Lubich founded the Focolare Movement to spark a surge of Gospel-based living within the Catholic Church and beyond.
This year the theme will be Unity and will include contributions from local people from across the north-west, some of whom have been drawing insights from the Focolare's spirituality of unity for over 50 years, when the first Focolare centre in Britain opened in Liverpool.
Further details can be found at www.focolare.org/gb. Separate programmes will be available for children. To contact the Focolare centres in Roby and Wavertree, telephone 0151 482 6674 or 0151 722 3981.