News - 2012

George Antone. Photo by Giovanni Zennaro

The Cross in Gaza

Current EventsAndrea Avveduto

For the Christians who live in the Strip, caught between Hamas’s rockets and the Israeli offensive, the Christmas season is a time of acceptance. The lives of four people are lived with the question: “Why?” and one certainty: “God is working.”

Breezy Point, NY. Photo by Ryan Courtade

The Solid Foundations of Breezy Point

Current EventsMattia Ferraresi

Sandy and the fire that followed destroyed everything for many families on the strip of land between Brooklyn and the ocean. But what won out among the people is gratitude, because things and people are still there, “even in the destruction.”

Shinya Yamanaka

A Nobelist's Childlike Gaze

Current EventsAlessandra Stoppa

Here is the story of the Japanese Nobel laureate, Shinya Yamanaka, a man for whom reality is everything. This gave him a gaze to create “rejuvenating” human cells, through a journey marked by hard work and an embryo that reminded him of his daughters.

Mireille, Andrée and Victorien

You are Worth More than Ten Children

Current EventsAlessandra Stoppa

“The faith makes us fruitful, because it expands our hearts in hope and enables us to bear life-giving witness.” These are the Pope’s words in Porta Fidei. Here is a brief account of a “normal” life molded by the encounter with Christ.

Official Icon of the Year of Faith. Wikimedia Commons

Why the year of Faith?

ChurchStefano Alberto

October 11th began the year wanted by the Pope to help us in “get to know more deeply the truths that are the lymph of our life.” In these pages, we introduce the insistence on reason and the announcement of a “disruptive novelty.”

Francesca Pedrazzini.

You See, I am Going to Heaven

Current EventsDavide Perillo

“The faith makes us fruitful, because it expands our hearts in hope and enables us to bear life-giving witness.” These are the Pope’s words in Porta Fidei. Here is a brief account of a “normal” life molded by the encounter with Christ.

Author Jack Kerouac. Photographer Tom Palumbo via Wikimedia Commons

The Rebel Returns Home

CultureGianluigi da Rold

Walter Salles’ film On The Road affords an opportunity to read the novel of the Beat Generation by Jack Kerouac, a figure critics have deemed “icon of an era.” His is the story of a man who did not want to lose himself to conform to society.

'Sermon on the Mount' by Artist Carl Bloch via Wikimedia Commons

A Desperate Need For True Education

SchoolTimothy Hermann

With the election coming, religious freedom has come to the fore. Where does our understanding of religious liberty originate? How can our government threaten it? Expert Dr. Philip Hamburger examines the relationship between religion and government.

Letter from Fr. Julian Carron

A Fact of Life

Current EventsJulián Carrón

This letter written by Julián Carrón after the Synod on New Evangelization reminds us that "If we follow with simplicity...then we will not miss out on the good that knocks at the door of our days, as Fr. Giussani always reminded us."

Cardinal Martini. Wikimedia Commons

In His Heart as a Pastor, There Was Always Room for Us

ChurchJulián Carrón

Here we publish the letter written by the President of the Fraternity of CL that appeared in the Corriere della Sera on September 4, 2012, on occasion of the death of the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan on August 31st.

Kony 2012 Poster. Wikimedia Commons

Click, Cry and Move on?

SchoolTricia Branagan

A recent YouTube video marked a milestone in social networking: in less than a week, it captured the attention of over 100 million people. Some students around the U.S. explored the phenomenon, acknowledging that only a relationship can truly move us.

Father Luigi Giussani

A Prophetic Force

Current EventsJulián Carrón and Cardinal Angelo Scola

Seven years after Fr. Giussani's death, in Milan's Cathedral Fr. Carrón announced that he had presented to Cardinal Scola the request for the beatification of the founder of CL. Here follows the text of the Cardinal's homily and Julián Carrón's response.

January 2012 Traces Cover

Work that Changes YOU

Current EventsGiorgio Vittadini

What does the job market ask of us? Giorgio Vittadini, President of the Foundation for Subsidiarity, outlines a brief “handbook” to approach it as men, learning that one’s trade is “an encounter” and a path, as documented by several stories.

Fr. Julian Carron

A Hope that is Stronger than the Recession

Current EventsGiorgio Paolucci

In this interview with Fr. Julián Carrón that appeared in the Italian daily Avvenire he speaks about optimism, the pope, young people and Pope Benedict's Year of Faith.

'The Homily of Saint Peter' by Artist Lorenzo Veneziano via Wikimedia Commons

Beacon in a Darkening World

SchoolChris Bacich

Facing the “weight of the culture” head on, maverick champion of Catholic education Keith Kiser describes a path of learning that begins with “a humanity renewed from the inside out,” with an attention to the desires of the students.

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

Something perfect

CultureLuca Fiore

From baseball to theology (passing through Kant, the Bible, and Moby Dick,) we present a face-to-face encounter with PAUL HARDING, the former rock musician who won a Pulitzer Prize with his first novel.

A Village in Ecuador. Creative Commons CC0

Quite Another Thing

SchoolDavide Perillo

A nursery school that reveals what Christianity is, the eyes of Amparito, the mothers of her quarter, and the people we met in this metropolis at 8,500 feet above sea level, when we visited Ecuador...

Peruvian Landscape. Creative Commons CC0

Generation Peru

SchoolAlessandra Stoppa

In the classrooms of a university for the poor in Lima, the Movement met hundreds. It began from three young professors to “the story of a new society." Here you see the charism of students, adults, and children, or in the middle of the Amazon...

We Have a Long Way to Go

Current EventsJulián Carrón

This is the letter that Julián Carrón, President of CL, submitted to la Repubblica. The letter was written to address the relationship between faith and power, after months of a relentless press campaign depicting CL as a power hungry political system.