News - 2010

Hiking on Appalachian Trail. Wikimedia Commons

The Miracles We All Await

Current EventsJulián Carrón

An article by Julián Carrón published in the "Osservatore Romano" on December 23, 2010. "Can any Catholics deem themselves exempt from the Pope's call? I cannot."

Homeless in Ireland. Creative Commons CC0

The Ghost of a Country

Current EventsJohn Waters

After the boom, 20 years of growth and affluence, the economic downturn hit and, with it, unemployment, homelessness, and renewed emigration. What is going on in the “Celtic Tiger”? We travel to a country that has rejected its traditions.

Christmas Mass in Iraq. Photo by Lee Cracker via Wikimedia Commons

Christmas in Baghdad

Current EventsWalid Al-Iraqi

After the new outbreak of violence in Iraq, here are men and women for whom life is a sacrifice, because it is for Christ.

Priests of the Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo.

Its Wonderful to be Free

Current EventsMassimo Camisasca

25 years ago, there were only 7. Now, there are 150 all over the world, and in between is an adventure in which obedience and freedom keep intersecting. Fr. Massimo Camisasca, the founder of the Missionary Fraternity, tells the story.

President Obama's 2010 State of the Union. Wikimedia Commons

Questioning Polarized American Politics

Current EventsSuzanne Tanzi

The November election results once again invite Americans to ask themselves, “What happened… and where are we going?” John Samples, prominent DC think-tank director, author, and professor addresses the issues head-on.

John Samples. Photo by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly via Flickr
The Cairo Meeting.

You Have Brightened Egypt

Current EventsDavide Perillo

Volunteers, conferences, exhibitions - The Meeting, as in Rimini, but beneath the Egyptian Pyramids. October 28-29, 2010: an event of dialogue between Muslim professors, future cardinals, Israeli jurists and scores of students.

Bishop Paul Hinder. Wikimedia Commons

Christians in Transit

Current EventsRoberto Fontolan

In the Gulf States, Syria, Lebanon, and the Holy Land there are over 2 million Christians living “as pilgrims." As the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East occurs, Bishop Paul Hinder, the Vicar Apostolic of Arabia, tells what Frontier Catholics expect.

Christopher Hitchens. Wikimedia Commons

The New Atheism and that Life Within Us

CultureLorenzo Albacete

Atheistic interpretations of reality show their hollowness not through dialectics, but in light of the very fact of our being alive–A truth brought to the fore by a famous cultural critic and movingly described in a James Baldwin play.

Catholic priests.

First of All, Authentically Human

Current EventsJulián Carrón

We present here an article published in "L’Osservatore Romano" on June 9, 2010, on the occasion of the end of the Year for Priests. "Christianity can be reduced and of the state of confusion in which we are called to live our priestly vocation..."

Nueva Tierra.

We Are What You Are

Current EventsAlberto Savorana

In Madrid, in September 1985, at a dinner among friends, someone asked “Why don’t we become one?” A few days later, the Movement flowed into the river of CL. Here is the story (told by the protagonists) of a moment that has marked our history.

Obama signs health care bill. Photo by Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons

Protecting Rights or Championing Interests?

Current EventsAdam Skoczylas

The health care debate originated in a desire to serve human need, but its culmination expresses a weak sense of altruism and a clear battle of interests. Carter Snead, an expert in law and bioethics, helps us look at where the chips have fallen.

Icarus by Henri Matisse

MedConference: A Reason to Learn to Fish

Current EventsWebster Bull

The three-day annual conference highlighted the central role of the person in medical care, focusing on the complex needs of the patient. Among many speakers, the testimonies of seven young caregivers gave hope for the future of medicine.

Cardinal Péter Erdö. Wikimedia Commons

Europe Can Have Faith

ChurchRoberto Fontolan

The financial crisis, the roots of the European continent, ecumenism... In light of his upcoming meeting with Metropolitan Filaret, we asked Cardinal Péter Erdö to explain the role of Christianity today.

'Estes Park, CO' by Albert Bierstadt via Wikimedia Commons

Surprised in the Rockies

Current EventsMaura Kate Costello

Recently, American university students of Communion and Liberation held their annual Summer Vacation in Colorado, where they explored the theme:“What is man that You should care for him?”

Fiammetta Cappellini, AVSI.

Those Who Remained in Haiti

Current EventsAlessandra Stoppa

There's no coherent plan for reconstruction, while a million homeless still live in haphazard shelters. What is happening to Haiti 6 months after the earthquake? We asked those who have remained, living every day with this people still “in vigil.”

Pope Benedict XVI. Wikimedia Commons

The People, Peter, and Me

ChurchAlessandra Stoppa

They set off at night on a journey for a gesture that lasts but minutes. 200,000 people were below that window, waiting for the Regina Coeli with Benedict XVI. Here’s what occurred on a historical day that filled St. Peter’s Square with silent communion.

Sagrada Familia. Wikimedia Commons

Love Carved in Stone

CultureDavide Perillo

We visit Europe’s last cathedral and enter the heart of its maker. Our guide, sculptor Etsuro Sotoo, helps us gaze into a dizzying beauty, whose every inch hides the secret of a life “without measure,” and a faith born of stone.

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley. Wikimedia Commons

An Embrace that Heals Wounds

ChurchLorenzo Albacete

While the media focuses on the pedophilia scandal, Julián Carrón reminded us to go to the core of our needs. Cardinal O'Malley, Boston's Archbishop, discusses the meaning of this challenge for him, declaring “Only Christ gives us hope to start over.”

Albert Camus. Wikimedia Commons

Albert Camus: A Man in Revolt

CultureLuca Doninelli

Fifty years ago, one of the greatest twenty century writers died. We’ve re-read his works, finding in them “an indomitable openness” to all of reality, and passion not to censure anything of humanity.

Expanding universe. Photo by Mblegacy via Wikimedia Commons

Hawking’s Godless Universe? It’s Just an Opinion.

Current EventsPaolo Perego

Massimo Robberto, astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in MD, responds to the theories of Stephen Hawking, who claims "...that advances in cosmology explain why the laws of the universe....[appear needless of] a benevolent creator.”

Stephen Hawking. Photo by NASA via Wikimedia Commons
The Brooklyn Bridge. Wikimedia Commons

A New Person, a New People

Current EventsBarbara Gagliotti

More than 300 responsibles from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico gathered in New York to go deeper into the Movement’s proposal...