Letters - 2020

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A new lens


When Steph moved to Minnesota with her family, she felt overwhelmed with stress and resentment. While attending the International Assembly with others, her heart began to revive.

Kids who, without asking, ask for everything


A substitute teacher with children to take to preschool, who gets called at the very last minute in the midst of an endless number of anti-Covid rules. How not to get overwhelmed trying to fit everything in? What reminds us that reality is good?

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...

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...

The cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa

Genoa: All because of that invitation


Anduela’s baptism and the meeting with the Bishop, the last stage of a friendship that began with an afternoon of charitable work and with a question: "What is behind it?"

“Favela pela janela” by Simone Santos

Brazil: Flipping through pages of flesh


"Passos" is the Brazilian version of "Traces". Giovanna subscribes to the magazine and wrote to their editorial staff to thank them, and to describe a companionship “that entered my room without warning” even during the lockdown.

(Photo: Archivio Meeting)

"The force of millimetres and moments”


Busy in Rimini with the official radio station of this year's special edition, Elisabetta describes what she experienced and discovered. From the "scandal at what was missing" to finding herself "faced with a privilege that has opened up many questions".

Beyond the Ivory Tower


As a graduate student in the midst of a pandemic, Letizia feels distanced from what is happening in the world--until an encounter that opens her to a larger horizon.

(Photo: Unsplash/Adi Goldstein)

Latin America: When quarantine “sounds” better


From seven countries, connected by WhatsApp and Zoom. What unites a group of university students is their great passion for music. And an unexpected new friendship is born from a question: "Who do we do it for?"

The Meeting in Cassano Magnago

The Meeting enclosed within four walls


Everything was ready to participate in the event in their town square. But after returning from Croatia, they needed to quarantine... And yet, Monica's experience has been an adventure worthy of the summit of K2.

An opportunity for conversion


Marta describes the significance the Rimini Meeting has for her and why she decided to sign up as an ambassador for this year’s special edition, all the way from Scotland.

La square in Minsk

"Without forgiveness, Belarus will have no future”


The country has been in peaceful protest since the elections on August 9. A Catholic priest recounts how he has witnessed "the awakening of a people" which until now has been apathetic to the regime. "We live the dizziness of living the present as it is."

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: "My bond with the infinite"


The arrival of the life-threatening pandemic. But also the beginning of a journey. With the GS students, with the young mothers, with those who care about society. A novelty that comes from the rediscovery of one's own humanity.

The Brazilian GS students' Instagram stories
Evansville friends gather on vacation

We Shared Life


Despite the masks and social distancing, Stacey experiences an extraordinary vacation.

Perth (Photo: George Bakos/Unsplash)

Perth: The gift of tenderness


Lockdown in Australia. At home with his daughters and grandchildren, an apparently ideal situation. Yet it was not easy: “I was forced to take steps”, until his daughter washed his feet on Holy Thursday.

Towards Aparecida

Latin America: A companionship "on the road"


Only four of them were able to undertake the annual university students' pilgrimage to Aparecida. But with them, connected via video link, were dozens of friends from nine countries. "Following a "yes" that has made the Ideal that has reached us flesh."

 The cross carried by the pilgrims next to the statue of Our Lady
Fra Angelico, "Noli Me Tangere"

His Faithfulness Defines Me


The present situation provokes our desires for peace, rest, hope, meaning. But where are they to be found?

Taipei: Angie and Rosalia are back


They were baptised in the parish of the priests of the Fraternity of St. Charles. Then life took them far away. But, during lockdown, they came across Fr. Emanuele’s videos. And they asked to meet him again. Thus their friendship was ignited again.


Dublin: “Only Christ can fill my life”


The health crisis has paralyzed his language school. An employee asks him, "How can you wake up in the morning not knowing if it is going to end well?" To answer, Mauro remembers the time when he and Margaret slept on a bench…