Daniele Ricci, with his unique artistic style, has this time produced a musical entitled “Chiara and her Spouse”.

Towards the end of the 1970s, an engineer from Rome started following the spirituality of unity. He sent an audio tape to Chiara Lubich containing some of his songs. Chiara greatly appreciated them and a collaboration began firstly with “Gen Verde” and subsequently with “Gen Rosso”, the two Focolare Movement international bands. Some his more well-known compositions are “Resurrection”, “You, in the centre of my heart”, “Living life”, “Mary Desolate”, “For love”.

Ricci recounts the origin of his inspiration on his website: “It’s no use beating about the bush. When I discovered the experience of Chiara Lubich and her spirituality of unity, a light illuminated my thoughts and my songs”.

In the 1980s Ricci started to produce material in collaboration with the Pauline Publishing House which published many of his albums, liturgical and catechetical projects, theatrical and musical works.

The singer and songwriter shared in an interview how in 1981, during the first Familyfest held at the Palaeur Stadium in Rome, he had the great joy of being able to perform musical pieces on the family in the presence of Pope John Paul II and Chiara Lubich. His latest production is composed of songs, arranged together with Gregorio Puccio, that recount the spiritual experience of Chiara Lubich and her love for her Spouse - Jesus Crucified and Forsaken - whom she had always embraced in the suffering of humanity in all its expressions. The musical has already been launched on the occasion of some events promoted by Focolare communities throughout Italy in view of the centenary of the birth of the Focolare founder, the celebration of which is to be held in 2020.

The CD, which consists of ten chapters, was produced in collaboration with the Chiara Lubich Centre. You can order it by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrizia Mazzola


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