Located in Castelli Romani, not far from the Capital, the Centro Mariapoli Internazionale, blends technology with hospitality in a manner that reflects a commitment to universal fraternity. It hosts conferences, conventions, spiritual retreats, formation courses with facilities for ecumenical and interreligious events. As an international venue, it welcomes people from every continent, including adults, youth, families, ecclesial groups, those involved in social and cultural initiatives and the work environment.
The Centro Mariapoli was built by a restructuring of the then Papal Audience Hall of Castel Gandolfo. It had been made available by Pope John Paul II In December 1982, together with its ample gardens steeped in history, to Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement.
Thanks to the spontaneous and generous sharing of the members of the Focolare Movement coming from different social backgrounds and walks of life, The convention centre was inaugurated in 1986 with the aim of being “The home for a united world”.
The International Centre of the Focolare Movement is a few kilometres from the Centro Mariapoli, in via Frascati, 306, Rocca di Papa, where the remains of Chiara Lubich, rest in the chapel.