News - 2005

Albert Magnus, Patron Saint of Natural Sciences. Wikimedia Commons

Over the Dinner Table: Where Science and Religion Meet

CultureAnnemarie Bacich, Juliet Joly, José Medina

"What can we know through science? What can we know through faith?" Dr. Massimo Robberto and Dr. Andrew White speak at GS's first PerspectiScope discussion.

A View of Earth from Space. Creative Commons CC0

A Question of Reason

Current EventsLorenzo Albacete

"The Catholic affirmation of the ability of reason to grasp an intelligent design behind reality does not depend on the results of such a scientific method." Reprinted from the Italian magazine "Tempi," No. 29, 9/22/05.

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete.

The Dictatorship of Desires and the Experience of Truth

Current Events

A conversation between Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete and Dr. Joseph Weiler on relativism and skepticism, faith and tolerance, in America and Europe, a way out of slavery, a path to freeing the heart of contemporary man.

Giussani with Pope John Paul II. Wikimedia Commons

The Church Herself is a Movement

ChurchJohn Paul II

Pope John Paul II outlines the importance of ecclesial movmenets for the life of the church and reminds us to “...not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything and hold fast what is good”

Boston Skyline By Y.Sawa via Wikimedia Commons

Texts in Our Hands and Facts in Our Eyes

Current EventsMichelle Riconscente

The CL responsibles for North America gathered in Florida. The newness of the Christian encounter reborns throughout the entire continent. Something that generates unity and hope in the solitude of American life.

Kenyan Students. Wikimedia Commons

The Exemplary Experience of Two Schools in Kenya

SchoolFilippo Cavazza

If you look at the statistics, Kenya seems to be well advanced as regards the spread of primary education. From 1963 to the present day, the number of primary schools has risen from 6,000 to 18,000.

'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis. Flickr

In Lewis’ House Without Lewis

CultureAnna Leonardi

After reading all of C.S. Lewis’s works, Walter Hooper was surprised by his invitation to visit and the ensuing friendship that solidified his position as Lewis’s posthumous secretary.

Eagle and Child, the pub in Oxford, where Tolkien and Lewis met to discuss their writings. Wikimedia Commons

Surprised by Christian Friendship

CultureLaura Cotta Ramosino

Reflected in Lewis’s literary productions are his life experiences: the abandonment of Christianity to the point of embracing atheism; the encounter with Tolkien and Dyson; chats with friends in the Inklings club; and conversion.

Author Jack Kerouac. Photographer Tom Palumbo via Wikimedia Commons

Memory Babe

CultureGianluigi Da Rold

The author of "On the Road," a cult book for a generation of rebels. A dramatic life that ended in drugs and alcohol. But his pitiless analysis of American society was never satisfied with a degraded condition.

'Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles' by Artist Duccio di Buoninsegna via Wikimedia Commons

Meetings for a New Beginning

ChurchJavier Prades

From September 7-11th, a group of Catholic and Protestant theologians from Europe, Canada and the United States, all sharing a passion for Christ and for His Church, met in Granada.

G.K. Chesterton. Wikimedia Commons

Christianity, a Continuous Adventure

CultureStratford Caldecott

English scholar Stratford Caldecott proposes rereading G.K. Chesterton in light of the encounter with Fr. Giussani, both of whom lived the faith as a gift.

Nairobi, Kenya. Creative Commons CC0

Nairobi Is Back at Teaching

SchoolJohn Njoroge

In the heart of Africa, the project of a new school: A not-for-profit organization formed by some families who decided to become protagonists in the education of their children.

University Students in Class. Wikimedia Commons

New Air at the University

SchoolJen Patton and Mary Kroetz

The American university students sent some testimonies to the CL National Diaconia about their lives within their colleges. We publish some of them here.

'Free Curve to the Point' by Wassily Kandinsky via Wikimedia Commons

Faith Is Given Us so that We Communicate It

ChurchLuigi Giussani

The text of Fr Giussani’s written contribution to the XXI plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on “Rediscovering the True Face of the Parish.” Rome, November 24-28, 2004

Jackson Pollock at Work. Wikimedia Commons

The Terrible Boys of New York

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

The watershed in post-war art. Pollock, Rothko, Congdon and others revolutionized the relationship with works of art. “They began to consider canvas as an arena in which to act–no longer the support for a painting, but an event.”

Zocalo Cathedral in Mexico City. Wikimedia Commons

The Cardinal and “the” Road

ChurchOtilia Arroyo, Nuria Mendizábal, and Amedeo Orlandini

In the Mexican capital, at a meeting on Fr Giussani’s book, Cardinal Rivera Carrera said, “This work has every right to belong in the classic literature on the Church.”