"From Utopia to Presence": A Conversation

The US presidential elections, anti-racial protests, and an increasingly polarized country. What is the contribution of Christians today? A conversation with Stanley Hauerwas and John Zucchi to revisit Fr. Giussani’s "From Utopia to Presence."
September Traces

Back to the future

The September issue of Traces is out now. Read the editorial.

Twenty-seven pairs of eyes and zero risk

The desire to start school again. The speech ready for the first day. Then the gruelling discussions about security protocols: "Would it not be safer to stay at home?" But the gazes of the students over their masks...

A few weeks ago, before starting school and exams at university, I tried to think about my return to work. I knew it would be nice, after so many months, to see my colleagues again. But the most important expectation I had was that of the boys, the most b...

Current Events

Pope Francis to the Pharmaceutical Bank

200 volunteers from the foundation that organizes the Pharmaceutical Collection Day were received by Pope Francis. "The sharing of goods can improve our society and bear witness to that love in the neighbourliness that the Gospel requires of us."

Achilles’ desire

Paola goes to school for the first time not having prepared her lesson perfectly. A journey through Greek and Latin Literature. "My ideas will become clearer in the dialogue with my students.” And so, Serena raises her hand and says...

While working on a slideshow for the first day of school, in which I wanted to show how some Greek and Latin authors describe the human being is - who I am - I realized that there was too much material and everything was getting complicated. What struck m...

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"The unprecedented discovery" of returning to the classroom

A teacher and mom, the evening before schools reopened. Everything "seems almost normal.” But, life has changed in recent months. What can rekindle the expectation of a new beginning?
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Change of plans

After years of teaching in which she planned every detail thoroughly, Luísa Costa Cabral found her work shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic. Now it is time to return to school in Lisbon, in September Traces, she reflects on what has happened to her.

Pedro, where are you? I can’t hear you. Antonio, are you there?” She calls on them one by one. “I had no other concern than being with them,” recounts Luísa Costa Cabral, who teaches students in what for Portugal is the fifth year of elementary school an...

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Starting again

Going back to school and learning from what happened: “The essentials are what mark the road to follow.” In September Traces, Anna Frigerio, the headteacher at the Sacred Heart School in Milan, speaks about returning to the adventure of education

It’s back to the classroom, to the in-person school desired by everyone. Over these fraught and difficult months, there were more and more calls for it from political and cultural leaders, even amidst the guidelines, controversy, logistical questions, and...

"The radiance in your eyes"

Julián Carrón’s latest book is now available online. “An itinerary rooted in an experience and a history, and thus offers a contribution to the search and expectancy of everyone."