"What can conquer our fear?"

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The Holy Week booklet

Texts and prayers that Fr. Giussani always proposed to help us live Easter.

"Life is of no use if not used to serve others"

"We were put in this world to love him and our neighbours. Everything else passes away, only this remains." Pope Francis' homily on Palm Sunday, at the beginning of Holy Week. St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 5.

Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Phil 2:7). Let us allow these words of the Apostle Paul to lead us into these holy days, when the word of God, like a refrain, presents Jesus as servant: on Holy Thursday, he is portrayed as the serva...


“What am I here to do in the world?”

Notes from a meeting of Fr. Julián Carrón and Francesco Barberis with GS students preparing for graduation. Milan, February 12, 2020

Francesco Barberis. Good evening, everyone: students in their last two years of high school together with their teachers, gathered here in Milan and connected by video to over 80 cities in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and the Czech Republic. We are here b...

Antonio Polito

Antonio Polito: Fear and Presence

The coronavirus is sending a Western civilization “increasingly indifferent to the very idea of Jesus” into crisis, leaving us at a fork in the road... From April Traces: an interview with Antonio Polito, columnist for Corriere della Sera.

“It is a powerful image. And an effective one, because it speaks to an experience we have all had.” When Antonio Polito, a 64-year-old columnist for Corriere della Sera, read the piece by Fr. Julián Carrón released in his newspaper on March 1, a simple ...

Saint Óscar Romero

Romero: love for Christ cannot be separated from love for one's brothers

40 years have passed since the martyrdom of Saint Óscar Romero. His favourite psalm: "In the shelter of the Most High (...) You will not fear the terror of the night. My God, in whom I trust".

Waiting for good news

After the eight o'clock applause of gratitude from the balconies, a group of friends begin to sing from their balcony. Neighbours begin to send them messages and gifts... In the midst of the drama, the announcement of an unyielding hope.

We are seven friends, young workers, living in a flat in Madrid, in Ferraz street. About ten days ago, we decided to sing two songs from our balcony after the eight o'clock applause for the health workers. We were surprised by what happened on the first d...


"Every day he says to me, "Do not be afraid""

Seven hundred employees at home because of the Covid emergency. Life changes. And yet, amid the worry, "the opportunity to live the real intensely” reappears every morning.

As Carrón reminded us in his letter to the Fraternity “on such occasions–which the Mystery does not spare us–we can grasp even more clearly what a grace the charism that has taken hold of us is, verifying its capacity to help us face all that happens. “Th...


"The eyes of God upon my people"

Forty-five coffins instead of pews in a parish in Bergamo. The story of a journalist called to recount the drama of his people: "You are not alone, you are not abandoned...".

I work as a journalist for a television station in Bergamo, and we are now at the center of the “Coronavirus tornado”. Bombarded by countless figures, initiatives, angry or desperate emails, fear and colleagues who complain about things that are wrong, it...