News - 2004

Kampala, Uganda. CC0

Not a Book… the Experience of a People

Current EventsVanessa Jullies Akello

“From its very beginning, the Movement has stressed education; the very charism of Giussani is a method of education." The fiftieth anniversary of the Movement was celebrated in Kampala with the presentation of "The Risk of Education."

SLM Combats. Wikimedia Commons

Darfur, Theater of War

Current EventsFilippo Ciantia

"As the Pope has repeatedly affirmed, dialogue and solidarity must prevail over war and violence." A look at the current conflict in Darfur.

Yosemite National Park. Via Wikimedia Commons

A Vacation Is Forever Living Is Belonging

Current EventsGiorgio Vittadini

About a hundred American university students vacationed in California’s Yosemite National Park. They experienced a bond stronger than any limit, and discovered a human reality that does not disappoint because it bears the meaning of everything.

Miami Cathedral of Saint Mary. Photo by Jirodrig via Wikimedia Commons

Miami: A Meeting of Cultures

Current EventsMarco Bardazzi

Living in Florida, Fr. Marino tells about his experience with the Hispanic world. Rather than a clash of cultures, he’s living an openness to all cultures.

Yaoundé, Cameroon. Wikimedia Commons

Bali, Pascal, Mirelle… A Daily Miracle

Current EventsAmbrogio Amati

February 13-14, 2004, in Yaoundé: fifty of us got together. “The step we have to take now is to begin seeing ourselves as fathers and mothers to each other.”

Pope John Paul II. Via Flickr

The Message of the Pope

Current EventsAngelo Sodano

"The Holy Father is pleased to have been informed of the Good Friday Stations of the Cross taking place once more in New York. He sends greetings to all those taking part and assures them of his union in prayer." From the Vatican, March 29, 2004.

Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus. Wikimedia Commons

Mary in the Life of the Church in the First Centuries

ChurchFidel González

In the first centuries of Christianity, the first feasts of Mary were instituted and churches were built in honor of the Blessed Virgin. A people turns to the Mother of the Redeemer to ask for protection and favors.

Plato's allegory of the cave. Wikimedia Commons

Real Reality or Big Software?

CultureMaurizio Crippa

A report in the science magazine Focus on the question of the substance of reality. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, a state of mind persists that sees only doubt and deceit. But there is a fact which triumphs

'The Calling of St. Matthew' by Artist Caravaggio via Wikimedia Commons

Chosen for a Task

ChurchJames Matthew Wingle

"What we have heard many times in these days spent together–the impossible correspondence–is a reality verified in the unique circumstances of the lived experience of each of us." From the homily of Bishop James Matthew Wingle, La Thuile.

'The Virgin in Prayer' by Artist Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato via Wikimedia Commons

Mission in Africa: Teaching to Teach

SchoolGiuliano Imbasciati

The presence of the priests of the Fraternity of St Charles Borromeo, in Nairobi since 1997: the building of a church, a kindergarten and a new house for African missionaries.

Artist Henry Ossawa Tanner. Wikimedia Commons

The Pursuit of Happiness and the Art of Belonging

CultureJoshua Stancil

We present here the story of the great black painter Henry Tanner who lived during trying times when the question of race was dramatic in America. Nowadays, his talent is fully appreciated, and we can admire his works even at the White House.

Leon Kass. Wikimedia Commons

The Task of Education: Caring for the “I”

SchoolMaurizio Maniscalco

One of the nation’s leading authorities on bioethics, the multi-faceted Leon Kass, talks candidly about following his vocation to education, his thoughts on science and religion, and his love for life and the common good of all.

The Kampala Skyline. Wikimedia Commons

Uganda. A Point of Radical Newness

SchoolKizito, Giovanna, and Clara

The example of St Kizito in Kampala: Courses for teachers in some of the country’s scholastic institutions, to propose a new method of teaching.

A Market in Lagos, Nigeria. Wikimedia Commons

Nigeria. Beauty and Creativity


The CLU (CL university) students of Lagos, starting from life at the university, have begun working on Fr Giussani’s book. “You only need to follow an encountered beauty.”

Wedding Rings. Photographer Jeff Belmonte via Wikimedia Commons

Marriage and Common Good

Current EventsLorenzo Albacete

Many issues and topics are likely to emerge during the US 2004 Presidential Election. Below, tackles the subject of marriage and family in light of this coming election.

A Teacher with His Student. Wikimedia Commons

Willy. A Hope for the People

SchoolJohn Williams

“Everyone has to look out for himself.” This was his philosophy of life before the encounter with a group of friends occurred.

Walter Isaacson [R] & Walker Percy [L]. Flickr

Walker Percy: Doctor of the Soul

CultureGregory Wolfe

The characters in Walker Percy’s novels start out “lost in the cosmos.” An experience sends them out on a search. Ultimately, they come to see themselves as pilgrims.

Russian Icon of the Trinity. Wikimedia Commons

An Indestructible Unity

Current EventsIrene Sorensen

CL Fraternity friends recalled their long-standing friendship with a group of Orthodox friends. To celebrate the Fraternity Anniversary, they hosted the Russians for a memorable evening of fellowship.

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley. Wikimedia Commons

Do What He Tells You

Current EventsSean Patrick O’Malley

We offer a few notes from the testimony of the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick O’Malley, at the presentation of "Why the Church?" in Minnesota.

University of Notre Dame Campus. Wikimedia Commons

Rights and the Mystery of Man

CulturePaolo Carozza

Paolo Carozza, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, reflects upon the origin of rights and human dignity in American society.

Minneapolis, MN. Wikimedia Commons

The Discovery of a Different Humanity

Current EventsMaurizio Maniscalco

Four very intense days of lessons, witnesses, the presentation of "Why the Church?," and the projection of a video of Fr Giussani. A great challenge and a great promise.