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Dicastery for the Laity. The words of Pope Francis

The Pope's address to the participants in the meeting of lay associations, ecclesial movements and new communities, organized by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on the theme.
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September 11, 2001

Fr. Giussani's words

Twenty years since the attack on the Twin Towers. The world would never be the same again. But how to start over? The words of Fr. Giussani from the days following the attack, taken from his biography.
Pope Francis greets the Slovakian faithful (Photo: Matej Ďuriač)
Letters

Bratislava: "Our encounter with Francis"

Some signed up as volunteers whilst others sang in the choir. The spectacular sunrise watched alongside young children waiting for the Pope. An account from the small CL community in Slovakia.

During his return trip from Iraq, Pope Francis expressed his desire to visit Slovakia. This totally unexpected "preference" – Slovakia is a small and quiet country in central Europe last visited by John Paul II 18 years ago – was a great surprise that gen...

Pier Alberto Bertazzi
Current Events

"The beginning is something that is alive now"

Carrón's message upon the death of Pier Alberto Bertazzi, one of Fr. Giussani's greatest friends. As a university student, he was among those who first used the name that ended up becoming the name of our movement.
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Church

The Pope in Bratislava: "The salt of faith"

Meeting with the authorities and civil society: "The salt of the faith acts not by reacting in worldly terms, by engaging in culture wars, but by quietly and humbly sowing the seeds of God’s kingdom, especially by the witness of charity, of love."

I am grateful to President Zuzana Čaputová for her words of welcome in your name and in that of the entire nation. In greeting all of you, I express my joy to be in Slovakia. I have come as a pilgrim to a young country, yet one with an ancient history, a ...

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Letters

"Close your eyes and open them again”

After emergency heart surgery, Fulvio is now in a rehabilitation center. "I remember the first day I looked out the window. There were four trees, the bus stop and, in the background, the ring road. Everything was wonderful."

I am now in my 60s and I recently had several medical checkups because of chest pain; the result was open heart surgery. There are times when the thought of death as a real possibility becomes inescapable. As they wheeled me into the operating room, I won...

The embrace between John Paul II and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Photo: ServizioFotograficoOR/CPP)
Church

"Were it not for your faith"

On September 12, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the Polish Primate of the "Millennium", will be beatified. His life was a bulwark of Christianity in the face of totalitarianism. From the September issue of Tracce.

Just as their closeness on earth was assiduous, fruitful and fraternal, thus we can now imagine them close in heavenly bliss. Stefan Wyszyński will now receive the halo of the blessed, approaching the glory of sanctity already granted to Karol Wojtyla, wh...

Current Events

Fr. Giussani, Towards the centenary

2022 will mark the anniversary of the birth of the founder of CL. Here is how you can contribute.