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It was put in place right after the foundation of the Università Popolare Mariana by Chiara Lubich on October 15, 1980. It is composed of several courses that were held from 1981 to 1989. As its source, there is a significant remark by Chiara herself: “… If a spirituality gives birth to a life, that life contains within itself a doctrine …”.
The theological outline of such a doctrine has been enunciated by a group of professors, authors of the course, who —in their commitment to live “Where two or more are united in my name, there am I in their midst” (Mt 18,20)— have formulated anew the fundamental themes of Christian life: Jesus Christ; the God of Jesus Christ; the Church and her mystery; the Church, salvation of man; Christian hope. The first recipients of this study program were groups of students, both young and adults, from all over the world, that were animated by that same spirituality of unity.