Current Events - 2023

Benedict XVI (Catholic Press Photo)

Benedict XVI: The decisive direction

Current EventsPietro Luca Azzaro*

One year after his death, we remember Joseph Ratzinger and his deep bond with Saint Augustine, centred on the theme of conversion, only possible if one loves and recognizes oneself as loved.

Christmas. Love changes history

Current EventsPope Francis

Pope Francis' homily at the Christmas Vigil Mass. St. Peter's Basilica, 24 December 2023.

Lisbon, tens of thousands of young people at World Youth Day last August (Catholic Press Photo)

Young people and Christmas: an ideal to bet on

Current EventsDavide Prosperi

"The ashes of our dreams are invested by the only ideal that withstands the impact of evil and time: God himself has come to meet us." Davide Prosperi's letter to Corriere della Sera.

AVSI's projects in Syria are mainly dedicated to education (Photo: AVSI)

Avsi tents. Syria: Educating to rebuild

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

In the country tried by thirteen years of war, amid cholera epidemics and earthquakes, the testimony of those working not to leave children, widows and the elderly alone. From Aleppo, Hadi Kobeissi speaks.

The South East Asian community vacation

"Look! What do I remind you of?"

Current EventsPaola Ronconi

From the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China... A vacation for 80 people from CL's South East Asian community. Beautiful days, “but not because of our virtue, it is God who brings us together.”

CL young people visiting the Porziuncola (Andrea Grossoni/Fraternity CL)

Assisi: with new eyes

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

Questions about pain, being parents, issues at work... And the surprise of a faith that "informs life" in a lived communion. The meeting of over four hundred young people from CL

Holy Land. Psychosocial activities for children in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho: one of the nine projects of this year's Tents Campaign (Photo: AVSI)

If peace has a face

Current EventsDavide Perillo

Florence, Habiba, the children of Marjayoun... And a gesture that educates in charity, against addiction. Nine projects speak of how it is possible to build a new world. AVSI's Tents campaign, recounted in the December issue of Tracce.

Christmas 2023: The poster

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The words of Pope Francis and Fr. Giussani, this year accompanied by the "Adoration of the Magi", a 14th century fresco in the Sacro Speco Monastery in Subiaco. The video-poster is also available

Cardinal Pietro Parolin (Catholic Press Photo)

What unites

Current EventsStefano Filippi

Vatican diplomacy faces the test of a “third world war fought in piecemeal.” The task of Christians and the radical crisis of trust. In the December issue of Traces, a dialogue with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.

Sunrise at Moree (NSW) Photo B. O'Donnell

Beginning Day 2023 Sydney

Current EventsMaria Grandi

The "Beginning Day" is the name given to the annual one-day retreat held by the CL community in Europe. The CL community of New South Wales met and reflected on a transcript of the day entitled Faith the Fulfillment of Reason.

Food For Faith - Book Review

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Ten years ago Fr John O’Connor began a blog offering personal reflections inspired by the day’s liturgy readings and from experiences of life and faith. In response to many requests, he has gathered a selection of these reflections into a book.

Fr. David Neuhaus (Catholic Press Photo)

What future for the Holy Land?

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

Fr. David Neuhaus, a Jesuit scholar based in Jerusalem, explores the origin of the ‘two-state’ solution, testifying to the preciousness of the Christian presence in the region.

(Photo: Pedro Marques Pereira)

Meeting Lisboa: the enchantment of hope

Current EventsFrederico Meira

Artificial intelligence, Péguy's conversion, working in the 21st century, Pessoa's infinity, Andrea Mandelli's spring, the search for goodness inside the Gulag... Two days to embrace everything in the Portuguese capital, November 11-12.

(Foto Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash)

Trust in the other

Current EventsMatteo Severgnini*

What does it mean to love? This is the most urgent question that recent events have provoked, especially in young people. And which calls on all adults. From "Repubblica", the letter of Matteo Severgnini, responsible of GS.

Martiros Saryan, 'Ararat and Saint Hripsime Church', 1945

The mystery uses the unknown to attract

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A shared Armenian evening with friends in a small town in Luxembourg. Armenian dishes, art and music, to re-discover the "mysterious attractiveness of the beauty and the truth through the unknown."

Tom Gourlay at the Rimini Meeting August 2022

The Religious Sense as a Preparation for Faith

Current EventsTom Gourlay*

What is the relationship between the religious sense and faith? For Tom Gourlay this question kept emerging in his own experience and in interactions with young students.

After the clashes in the Jenin refugee camp, West Bank (Ansa-Zumapress/Mohammed Nasser/APA Images))

Holy Land: Another logic

Current EventsLuca Fiore

The war between Hamas and Israel broke out while the CL community was gathered for the Beginning Day. Dialogues, testimonies, tensions. And a discovery. From the November issue of Tracce.