News - 2009

Russian Author Fyodor Dostoevsky. Wikimedia Commons

Dostoevsky and The Blows of Hope

CultureGiovanna Parravicini

Tatiana Kasatkina, one of the world's greatest experts on Fyodor Dostoyevsky, discusses the 'christian paradox' found in the Russian author's work.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans via Wikimedia Commons

Galileo: Why They Want to Make Him a “Secular Saint”?

CultureCarlo Dignola

Four hundred years ago, for the first time, a telescope was pointed at the sky. It was the beginning of a revolution for all of civilization. Its creator is, still today, the mainstay of those who see an opposition between faith and reason.

Icon of Saint Benedict. Creative Commons CC0

The Silence that Fills Life

ChurchAlessandra Buzzetti

We went to visit the Trappist monastery so tied to our history, where 70 cloistered nuns dedicate themselves to God through communion, living an experience that makes them enter into the world more than those who actually live “in” the world.

'The Education of the Virgin Mary' attributed to Giovanni Romanelli. Wikimedia Commons

Taking the Risk of a True Education

SchoolSuzanne Tanzi

In an American educational system threaten by scientism, relativism, and the lack of adult role models, where can we begin to rebuild? University Professor Brad Gregory gives an overview of the situation.

'School of Athens' by Artist Raphael via Wikimedia Commons

In Class With a Fever for Life

SchoolPaolo Bergamini

A year and a half ago, Fr. Carrón issued a challenge about education, and this year, on March 15th, over 4,000 teachers met to continue the journey undertaken, testifying in a series of contributions about “what sustains our hope.”

The Galileo exhibit at the 2009 Rimini Meeting. Via Flickr

Back at Home Hungrier than Before

CultureJohn Waters

John Waters explains how his experience at the Meeting has launched him on the path of true knowledge through the testimony of human rights activist Harry Wu, a tour of the exhibit on Galileo, and other dramatic “encounters.”

The Power of Charity

ChurchDavide Perillo

Giorgio Vittadini, President of the Subsidiarity Foundation, comments on Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, starting from what moves social action: “The desire of the ‘I.’”

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini. Via Wikimedia Commons

Frances Cabrini: A Mother in Little Italy

ChurchPaola Bergamini

This is the story of a saint who was able to build a new humanity even in moments of great difficulty, an Italian nun who dreamed of being a missionary in the Far East but was told by the Pope: “Your China is the United States of America”–and she obeyed.

Francis Bacon. Photo by Richard Avedon via Flick

Francis Bacon: Appearance and the Mystery

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

One hundred years after his birth, we set out to discover the less explored side of a controversial artist. A man who always kept in sight in his studio, was a crucifix, because “I’ve found no other subject that so embraces all the areas of the human.”

Aquarell 6 by Wassily Kandinsky. Via Wikimedia Commons

“Subsidiarity? It’s the Economy of Heaven”

CultureFabrizio Rossi

How can we get out of the impasse we are in? For Phillip Blond, theologian and advisor to Britain’s Tory leader David Cameron, we have to begin with relationships, and a Catholic doctrine that exalts the individual for the benefit of all.

Construction worker. CC0

Stronger than the Crisis. I'm not Closing.

Current EventsDavide Perillo

With the economy in shambles, how do we remain calm? We put this question to a group of entrepreneurs who share a friendship, and they told us about the source of their hope, which is concrete and possible, even for those who don’t share their profession.

Pope Benedict XVI. Flickr

What Is At Stake is the Nature of the Church

ChurchStefano Alberto

Pope Benedict XVI has often been attacked by the mass media through mischaracterization and a sensationalizing of his comments. In what way are we to follow the Pope and what is his role in the world?

By Diliff via Wikimedia Commons

Dreams or Ideals?

Current EventsDavide Perillo

With the EU gearing up for its 2009 elections, we are witnessing an emerging institution platformed on imposing abstract values and scrutinizing issues of family and work. An interview with the jurist Marta Cartabia explains what is at stake in Brussels.

St. Peter's Square. Creative Commons CC0

Worldly Hegemony? No, the Offer of a Hope to “Invest” Here Below

ChurchAngelo Scola

Does the Church provide us "a civil religion, a mere ethical element"? Is it "the annunciation of the pure, naked Cross for the salvation of 'every other'"? In a polemic society such as ours, what is the nature of the Church and Her place in the world?

Mother and Child. Creative Commons CC0

Our Africa

ChurchAlessandra Stoppa

Opened on October 4th, The African Synod reaches out to people with a strong religious sense, a risk of spiritualism, and a thirsting for a “God who is near.” We present here witnesses who live the wounds and the hopes of a continually growing Church.

A Wall in Palestine. Flickr

Where Everything Began

ChurchAlessandra Stoppa

From the wall that cuts Bethlehem in two, to the classrooms in the Palestinian universities; then Salwa, Tommaso, the Guardian…the life of people who take their faith seriously, with a “vocation inside the vocation.”

'Nighthawks' by Edward Hopper via Wikimedia Commons

Edward Hopper Clues to Destiny, on Canvas

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

Moments caught in time, film scenes, tension lacing each sequence… An Edward Hopper exhibit travels to Italy, sharing with Europe the work of an artist who painted “what is happening."

College Graduates. Flickr

The Heart of the Matter: A Relationship

SchoolFabrizio Rossi and Suzanne Tanzi

What is the heart (and who is the protagonist) of the challenge of education? We present here some stories of the first weeks of school from across Europe and America, to discover what’s gained by those who accept their responsibilities without cheating.

'Christ of Saint John of the Cross' by Artit Salvador Dali via Flickr

A Concern For All


An Editorial on the "educational emergency." A reminder of all of our positions as "actors in the process of education".