The Pontifical Council for the Laity approved the General Statutes of the Work of Mary (Focolare Movement.) With the collaboration of Bishop Klaus Hemmerle, she began the Abba School in order to develop the doctrinal dimension contained in the charism of unity.

Chiara Lubich with the first members of the Abba School. From left: Bishop Klaus Hemmerle, Pasquale Foresi, Giuseppe Zanghì, Father Andrea Balbo, Bishop Piero Coda, Gérard Rossé, Enzo Fondi, Marisa Cerini.
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