Christmas 2019

The 2019 Christmas poster

The image featured in this year’s Christmas poster is Caravaggio’s ‘Adoration of the Shepherds’, from the Museo Regionale, Messina.
Ettore Soranzo (left) with his friend Philip
World

Christmas in Bethlehem

From December Traces: in a city marked by tensions between peoples and religions, a small group of Palestinians meets for School of Community. Their friendship began with some Italian pilgrims who were “different from everyone else.
Culture

Thoroughly human

The image proposed by CL for this year's Christmas poster is from a masterpiece of simplicity by Caravaggio. The gazes of the shepherds are “conquered by what was before them,” and reflect the heart of the event that made God “a force close at hand.”

A diagonal. A simple diagonal. The message of The Adoration of the Shepherds, a masterpiece from the most extreme times in Caravaggio’s life, is summed up in that diagonal line, which serves as the compositional and poetic architrave supporting the painti...

The children helped by distance support through Avsi (Photo: A. Grassani)
Current Events

Avsi tents campaign/7: Eli has grown up

Distance support contributes not only to the training of an individual pupil, but to the life of the whole family. And, even if from a distance, you follow the children as they grow up, sometimes in a surprising way.

For Avsi, distance support is one of the fundamental tools that supports its activities. For this reason, among the various projects of the 2019/2020 Tents Campaign, there is a specific project dedicated to this type of aid: "You are never too far away to...

Protesters during the 21 November strike in Bogotà
Current Events

Colombia: How can we build without silencing our cry?

After three weeks of demonstrations, the CL community in Colombia has issued a document on the situation of the country.

The strike on 21 November catalysed much distress in Colombian society, to the point that we are entering a third week of demonstrations. Initially, the trade unions had called the strike in order to protest against a possible reform of pensions, tax refo...

Tower Bridge, London (via Wikimedia Commons)
Current Events

UK General Election 2019: Hope and the Need for an Active Dialogue 

On 12 December, amid the Brexit crisis, the UK faces a general election. The CL community in the UK has published a leaflet on the election.

The general election on 12 December poses a formidable challenge to those called to the ballot box: to resist the widespread belligerence, cynicism and loss of hope, shared by all parties. This is a crucial task, especially if one considers the momentous ...

Helen Whitney (Photo: courtesy of Mary Sarah Ivers Photograhy)
Culture

What is Christian in Christianity?

In Washington D.C, an evening with friends of Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete and the presentation of a new publication of his writings, What is Christian in Christianity?

We met on an unseasonably cold autumn evening at the Catholic Information Center, on K Street NW, in the heart of the nation’s capital. The occasion was the fifth anniversary of the death of Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete and a new publication of his writings...