August Traces: "I come with you"

Read the editorial of the August issue of Traces...
Fr Giussani with Pope John Paul II (© Fraternità di CL)
Encounters

“How will it be to be touched by Being!

Jone Echarri is the physical therapist who worked with Fr. Giussani during his illness. We offer here an extract from her testimony at the International Days dedicated to the founder of CL (Madrid, March 31–April 2, 2022). From August Traces.

Luigi Giussani is a man who was surprised, seduced, and captured forever by the event of Christ. This encounter dominated his whole life and was the reason for his entire existence: to live and bear witness to the beauty that had called him and which he h...

Current Events

Towards the Meeting: what's new and how to get involved

The topics, the faces, the App to book exhibitions and meeting, the pavilion for kids and sports... A month to go until the Rimini event, we take stock of the new edition with the director, Emmanuele Forlani.

There is less than a month to go and in Rimini friends, volunteers, professionals, young and old, are all abuzz preparing for the Meeting, the first edition that will be completely open to the public after the pandemic. What to expect from this edition? W...

Luca, a teacher in Gainesville, Florida
US, UK and More

Florida: The facts before our eyes

Luca has been teaching in the United States for seven years. He recounts his life in recent times and his relationships with friends. It is an everyday life in which "Jesus happens, and He asks me to follow Him."

I am a teacher in a high school, have lived in Gainesville since 2015, and I am from the Memores Domini. By following the movement, I am experiencing a love that only a few years ago I would never have believed possible. A love for my students, colleagues...

Current Events

Vacations, the time of freedom

“Anticipation of vacation is evidence of the will to live; for just this reason it must not be ‘vacation’ from oneself. Then summer will not be an interruption or a postponement of taking life seriously.” (June 5, 1964)
The Pope in Maskwa Park (Photo: Catholic Press Photo)
Church

Canada: What builds history?

"To understand we have to look where there is something truly new." A Canadian friend recounts how the Pope's "penitential pilgrimage" among the indigenous communities has provoked him. Their pain, and the "encounter".

There are times when it becomes evident that history, our understanding of what marks our past and therefore our present, is outside our hands. We may look to the way in which power deals with problems: this morning for example the headlines referred to t...

A moment from the Youth Conference in Prague
Culture

"Have wide-eyes"

The European Youth Conference was held in Prague. Among the organizers of the event was David Macek, who recounts how it came about and his surprise at the Pope's message.

The first Youth Conference for young Europeans, sponsored by the Strasbourg Parliament and held uner the Czech presidency, was held in Prague from July 11 to 13. It was an event in which I was involved at the forefront because I work at the National Pedag...

Sofia Romano as the Princess in "Liberi tutti", the opening show
Culture

Meeting 2022: performances, beauty and the dialogue between worlds

Chesterton's "The Surprise," Giovanni Scifoni's Saints, Roberto Mercadini's Leonardo and Michelangelo. Plus the Sinopoli Youth Orchestra and a tribute to Claudio Chieffo...
Davide Prosperi
Current Events

A surge of life

A preview of the interview with Davide Prosperi in Città Nuova. The full text will appear shortly.
Fr. Giussani at the Rimini Meeting in 1985 (Photo: Archivio Meeting)
Current Events

Towards the Meeting: God needs men

"Christianity was not born to found a religion; it was born as a passion for man." Fr. Giussani's speech at the 1985 Rimini Meeting, from which the title of the 2022 edition is taken: "A passion for man."
The June 20, 2022 conference at the Pontifical Lateran University
Current Events

"Movements and new communities", formation on charisms

The contribution of the President of the fraternity of CL at the theological conference held June 20th at the Pontifical Lateran University, which helps to “look more deeply at what co-essentiality between charism and institution means.”

Responding to Cardinal Kevin Farrell’s invitation to engage in appropriate formation work on the theme of the charisms in the Church, I think it could be useful to share with you, while we wait for the official acts, the video of the theological conferenc...

Current Events

The urgent need for happiness

The text of the meeting of Student Youth members finishing their last year of high school with Davide Prosperi and Francesco Barberis, May 29, 2022.
Current Events

Giussani: The exhibition in English and other features

The virtual exhibition created for the Giussani's centenary of the birth of CL's is now also available in English for Windows and Mac PCs. All the information and instructions for the guided tour can be found on the website.
Current Events

Booklet of the Fraternity Exercises

The texts of the meditations of Father Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, Abbot General of the Cistercian Order, on the occasion of the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of CL, held via video link from Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1, 2022.
Fr. Luigi Giussani
Current Events

War and Mercy

Although the scenario is different, we re-propose the words of Fr. Giussani on the war in Iraq (Corriere della sera, April 8, 2003), as a contribution to the judgment on the current situation in Ukraine.

Dear Editor, In the bursting of bombs and the burning of cities, what brings back the truth of things to my eyes is the thought of Jesus’ death. I am not able to explain it to myself except by saying this: following Christ who goes to His death on the ...

A woman fleeing at the border of Medyka (Photo: Attila Husejnow/Sipa USA/Mondadori Portfolio).
Current Events

CL with the Pope: No to the war in Ukraine

The statement released by the movement regarding the conflict. "We are with all those who are working to stop the horror of this war. But how fragile is the desire for peace if it does not become a task, a daily responsibility."