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Claude H. Blanc new Executive Director and Publisher of Focolare’s New City Press Publishing House

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New City Press, the U.S. publishing house of the worldwide Focolare Movement, has announced that Claude H. Blanc will become the new executive director and publisher of the organization, effective June 1. Blanc succeeds Jim Webber, who left New City Press for retirement earlier this year.

“As a member of the Focolare myself for a number of years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet other members at various events worldwide and to become very familiar with our charism,” commented Blanc. His professional background includes executive positions in a variety of industries including publishing at Fortune 500 corporations as well as experience running his own consulting firm specializing in executive training and coaching.

New City Press is one of more than 20 publishing houses of the Focolare Movement. Founded in 1943 by Chiara Lubich, the Focolare began with a small community in Trent, Italy, who felt called to bring about the unity that Jesus prayed for to the Father: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21 ). Today, it is a worldwide movement approved by the Catholic Church.

The mission of New City Press is to develop and promote the Focolare’s vision that all people are part of the one human family. It publishes both scholarly and popular works that attempt to foster greater unity in the world. Its titles explore theological foundations for faith and spirituality, ecumenical and interreligious initiatives, and connections between religion and human identity, relationships, and culture.  The Press aims to offer practical tools that share real-world examples of how people put the Gospel into practice.

New City Press, a member of the Association of Catholic Publishers, is located in Hyde Park, New York.

For more information, please contact the Media Office at 845-444-4221 or send an email to

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