#100Testimonies

Margaret and Mauro

Dublin: The seed of a story

EncountersPaolo Perego

Their encounter with Fr. Giussani, marriage, their yes to mission. "By always remaining attached to this story, things began to happen…. The testimony of Margaret and Mauro Biondi.

Fr. Giussani with Wakako Saito (Photo: Fraternità CL/Francesco Gargioni)

The boundless embrace of the Mystery

WorldWakako Saito

Fr. Giussani's bond with the Buddhist monks of Mount Koya. Saito Wakako recounts how she was born and raised: Fr. Ricci, the Cascinazza, the Rimini Meeting. And the tragedy of the tsunami. A friendship that is the sign of authentic religiosity.

Emilia Guarnieri, then President of the Meeting, with Shodo Habukawa
Fr Giussani with Pope John Paul II (© Fraternità di CL)

“How will it be to be touched by Being!

EncountersJone Echarri

Jone Echarri is the physical therapist who worked with Fr. Giussani during his illness. We offer here an extract from her testimony at the International Days dedicated to the founder of CL (Madrid, March 31–April 2, 2022). From August Traces.

Jone Echarri and her husband, Jesús Carrascosa, on Fr. Giussani's 78th birthday
Madre Geltrude Arioli

“That harmony with St. Benedict"

EncountersPaola Bergamini

Clausura in 1962 and the GS Raggios that Fr. Giussani held in the monastery on Via Bellotti in Milan. Mother Geltrude Arioli speaks of the encounter that marked her and her sisters' history and vocation.

Kerrie with her children

"Grateful, even for my weakness"

World

From Ireland to Korea to rediscover the faith she had abandoned over the years. Kerrie recounts her story and her dramas, and about that "door" that opened in her encounter with Fr. Giussani and the movement.

Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori

“Something I had never seen before”

EncountersAnna Leonardi

In the June issue of Traces, Fr. Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori shares his encounter with the Movement at the age of seventeen, what has happened since then, and the gazes that have fostered his growth.

Sister Benedetta, born Maria Adele Carugati

Armenia: Mission and the stars

EncountersPaola Bergamini

"I was looking for a friendship that would help me live my faith.” From her years at university to her vocation. From the February issue of Tracce, the story of Sister Benedetta, head of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity in Spitak.

New York, 1986. Fr. Giussani visits the CL community (©Fraternità di CL)

Where life happens

US, UK and MoreAnna Leonardi

Vanessa's search from Silicon Valley to Italy to Los Angeles. And that day at Giussani’s funeral…”The experience I was having was enough for me to understand that the faith he was witnessing was something reasonable.” From February Tracce.

Vanessa with her family
Cardinal Matteo Zuppi (© Catholic press Photo)

Zuppi: “The charism, an open window"

ChurchPaola Bergamini

“The search for truth within experience, without wanting to defend anything. For him, every encounter was a discovery.” In the April Tracce, the Archbishop of Bologna recounts what impressed him the first time he saw Fr. Giussani.

Michael Waldstein

Michael Waldstein: "Giussani, a living man”

EncountersLuca Fiore

From his doctoral thesis on Von Balthasar to his encounter with the CL community. In the March issue of Tracce, the Austrian biblical scholar tells us how he has "studied Christianity a lot, but the criterion for understanding it is life."

Switzerland 1971, Fr. Giussani at the table with Hans Urs von Balthasar and Angelo Scola (© Fraternità CL)
Rosetta Brambilla (© Obras Educativas Padre Giussani)

Belo Horizonte: A name and a story

Letters

In the heart of Brazil since 1967, Rosetta Brambilla retraces what has happened since those first years of mission: the preschools, the educational centers, working with families…works that "would not exist if I had not met Fr. Giussani".

Milan Cathedral, February 24, 2005. The then Cardinal Ratzinger during the homily (Photo: Fraternità CL/Roberto Masi)

In love with Christ. In an encounter, the road

ChurchJoseph Ratzinger

We asked Benedict XVI for a memory of Fr. Giussani. The Pope emeritus suggested that we republish his homily given at Fr. Giussani's funeral, as the best memory and the most authoritative testimony that he can give.

The crowd in the piazza of the Milan Cathedral. The funeral was attended by about 30 thousand people (Photo: Fraternità CL)
Liara Lima

Brazil: "I had been waiting for him forever"

WorldDavide Perillo

Liara, social worker in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon, recounts her encounter with Fr. Giussani in 2010, watching a DVD that some friends had lent her. And that soon became "a path."

Fr. Alberto Caccaro with Sagn in 2008

Cambodia: With Giussani on the Mekong

WorldAnna Leonardi

A missionary in Cambodia for over twenty years, Fr. Alberto Caccaro describes the revolution that began within him as he traveled from village to village and recounts why he decided to translate The Risk of Education into Khmer.

The students of Pka Doung middle-school