Thank you Oreste!

Oreste Basso spent his life working to make the world one family.OresteBasso rid

Last Sunday Oreste Basso passed away. He was one of the first focolarinos; worked side by side with Chiara Lubich to develop and spread the Focolare Movement. He was responsible for many activities of the Movement, including the Economy of Communion. In 1991 he took charge of the project and helped it to start up. His sly smile, clear gaze and warm-hearted personality are unforgettable.

A few days ago his health unexpectedly started to get worse leading to his demise at 12:30 am last Sunday. As a university student in Milan he got to know the ideal of unity. He dedicated his life for God through this ideal, impacting the lives of thousands of people. His deeds, human approach and comforting smile are written in their hearts.

Luigino Bruni recalls that "for many years Oreste was in charge of the EoC. In the Focolare Movement Center he headed the first task force in 1998 (with Alberto Ferrucci, Benedetto Gui, Carla Bozzani, and I), and the Commission in 2001. He shared the responsibility for it with Gisella Calliari. Chiara relied on them to developed the EoC according to the spirit of the Work of Mary (the right DNA). Oreste loved the EoC and its entrepreneurs IMMENSELY. He assisted and personally cared for many of them with his particular joy and light. Let's thank God for his life, and follow his example of solicitude and loyalty."

The funeral was held on Monday, April 15th at 3pm at the chapel of the Focolare Movement International Centre, Rocca di Papa.

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