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.
Lorenzo Berra at the Harvard Faculty Club in Boston
Letters

Boston: What I have learnt in life

A friend's prize-giving ceremony at Harvard. At first, in such a prestigious context, Monica feels out of place. Then something changes, and a new thought emerges within her, which makes her see what really matters.

In November, my husband and I were invited to attend a ceremony at the Harvard Faculty Club in Boston, in honor of our friend Lorenzo Berra to celebrate his new chair of Anaesthesia at Harvard. This invitation moved me, and I kept thinking: why us? Why me...

The statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado
Letters

Rio de Janeiro: Looked at like the apostles

Is it possible to feel loved in a totally disinterested way? Often we can't even look at our children in this way... But when it happens, it's a point of no return.

When I read the text of School of Community, I was immediately struck by the first sentence: "In the Simplicity of my Heart I have gladly given You everything”. I thought it was a phrase for Fr. Giussani’s for the people of Communion and Liberation... The...

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.
The island of Mauritius
Letters

Mauritius: A greater openness

Roberta has begun to take the work proposed by the School of Community seriously. She is discovering that, even in the middle of the Indian Ocean, "insignificant" things can begin to become signs.

Reading the text of the Beginning of Year Day made me think about everything the School of Community has given me over the past few years. I did not let myself be amazed easily by things, always being self-centered, closed in "my little world". Indeed,...

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...