On August 20, 1962, towards the end of a period of rest in Oberiberg, a mountain village near the shrine of Einsiedeln, Switzerland, Chiara recalled, “I was walking down a road with my companions; the sky was all starry. I still remember the place very well. I looked up at the sky and saw the Milky Way. There, observing that infinity of tiny stars which, while remaining distinct stars, merge together and look “milky”, I said, “New generations will be born: the first, the second, the third, the fourth…”. The Milky Way had clarified to me the birth of the Gen Movement that would take place five years later»[1].

Chiara Lubich meets the young people gathered at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome during World Youth Day 2000
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