News - 2017

Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini

Frances Cabrini: A Saint in Little Italy

ChurchPaola Bergamini

One hundred years ago, on December 22, 1917, an Italian nun who had dreamed of a mission to the Orient died in Chicago. "Your China is the United States," the Pope had told her. Here is her story, from a series published in Traces in 2009.

Little Italy circa 1900. Via Wikimedia Commons
Student at CLU Spiritual Exercises.

It is Called Silence

SchoolLuca Fiore

Zacchaeus, the woman with the hemorrhage, and the life and questions of university students, discussed at dinner and during the lessons. “It is a feature of our epoch: unease in front of unease,” but there is another possibility for looking at oneself.

The four thousand university students gathered at the Expo Center, November 17th-19th.
The roof of the cathedral where ISIS snipers were stationed. Photo by Stefano Melgrati

Iraq: Return to Qaraqosh

Current EventsLiliana Faccioli Pintozzi*

The refugees from Erbil re-turn to their homes. But how can they begin again? Today, in this story written in arms and oil, there is "a decisive front" which also passes through the AVSI Tent Campaign.

A book of the Gospels that survived the flames. Photo by Stefano Melgrati
Flag of Honduras. Photo by Honduras y el Mundo via Wikimedia Commons

Honduras: Something Can Change

Current Events

The ballot boxes in Honduras open on Sunday, November 26, to elect a President, a Congress and local administrations. And yet, in general disinterest, many will be abstaining. The elections will bring to light our way of being in front of daily life.

Fr. Julián Carrón at the University of Notre Dame. Courtesy of Center for Ethics and Culture

Traveling Companions

Current EventsJosé Medina

Julián Carrón’s eight-day tour across the U.S. and Canada to share the “disarming beauty” of the faith saw encounters with atheists, believers, and people from many different cultures.

Red Balloon by Paul Klee. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Balthasar and Giussani: Encounter in Einsiedeln

CultureAlberto Savorana

In light of the recent presentation on "L'Impegno del Cristiano nel Mondo" in Milan, Italy, we published an excerpt from The Life of Luigi Giussani on the dialogue between theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar and Giussani around which the book is centered.

(L-R) Msgr. Luigi Giussani, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Fr. Angelo Scola.
Fr. Julián Carrón

Disarming Beauty: The Place of Faith

Current EventsMattia Ferraresi

In the outpost of the post-Christian world, the perspective of Disarming Beauty by Julián Carrón inserted itself into the American debate over the role of Christians, often poised between "culture wars" and isolation. From the September Traces.

Disarming Beauty featured on The National Catholic Reporter.
Joseph Stalin (left) and Vladimir Lenin. Part of larger photo of VIII Congress of the Russian Communist Party. Via Wikimedia Commons

Russia, 1917: A Shattered Freedom

CultureFrancesco Braschi

A century later, we look at the less-studied reason for the Russian Revolution through a journey begun at the Rimini Meeting with Bulgakov, Frank and their contemporaries. Their "conscious humanity" is precious to us today.

Lenin at Putilov factory at May 1917 by Isaak Brodsky
Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Message from Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Current EventsCardinal Pietro Parolin

Cardinal Pietro Parolin sends a Message to the organizers and participants of the 38th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples.

Meeting 2017.
Job Puts God on Trial

Job Puts God on Trial for the Suffering of the Innocent

CultureIgnacio Carbajosa

"Borges described the book that tells the story as “sublime.” Claudel wondered, “Who ever pleaded the cause of man with so much energy?” Here is why the Biblical story challenges our reason as modern women and men. " Article by Jot Down

Parliament at Sunset by Mike Gimelfarb/Wikimedia Commons

Embracing the Unexpected

Current EventsGiuseppe Pezzini

On June 17th, the 4th edition of the London Encounter took place. An occasion for scientists, theologians, and common people to tackle a challenging topic: to look with sympathy at what we can’t foresee.

Rowan Williams by Anna Arigossi/Icon Photos
Crossroads. Giussani Series on Faith & Modernity.

Luigi Giussani Series on Faith & Modernity

CultureRose Tomassi

In New York, a dialogue between Dr. Michael Waldestein and Fr. Solanus Benfatti, organized by Crossroads Cultural Center. The fascination and life of Msgr. Giussani, in his relationship between faith and modernity.

Fr. Solanus Benfatti and Michael Waldstein