News - 2023

Benedict XVI (Catholic Press Photo)

Benedict XVI: The decisive direction

ChurchPietro Luca Azzaro*

One year after his death, we remember Joseph Ratzinger and his deep bond with Saint Augustine, centred on the theme of conversion, only possible if one loves and recognizes oneself as loved.

AVSI has been working in Lebanon since 1996 (Photo: AVSI)

AVSI Tents: Peace can also flourish in Lebanon

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

Jihane Rahal, an AVSI worker in Lebanon, speaks of the difficulties of a nation always on the brink of crisis. And of a path of good that "challenges us with all our humanity."

Christmas. Love changes history

Current EventsPope Francis

Pope Francis' homily at the Christmas Vigil Mass. St. Peter's Basilica, 24 December 2023.

Lisbon, tens of thousands of young people at World Youth Day last August (Catholic Press Photo)

Young people and Christmas: an ideal to bet on

Current EventsDavide Prosperi

"The ashes of our dreams are invested by the only ideal that withstands the impact of evil and time: God himself has come to meet us." Davide Prosperi's letter to Corriere della Sera.

AVSI's projects in Syria are mainly dedicated to education (Photo: AVSI)

Avsi tents. Syria: Educating to rebuild

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

In the country tried by thirteen years of war, amid cholera epidemics and earthquakes, the testimony of those working not to leave children, widows and the elderly alone. From Aleppo, Hadi Kobeissi speaks.

The Exercises of CL University Students. Rimini, 8-10 December 2023

Rimini: the courage to live like this

ChurchGuglielmo Mina

The CLU Spiritual Exercises as experienced by a graduate student. The songs, the prayer, the lessons... Gestures already seen many times, yet a provocation to abandon one's "silent bourgeois attitude," to reawaken the wonder of the beginning.

A street in Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip (Photo: Bashar Taleb/APA Images/Ansa-Zumapress)

That unassailable “grace”

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

What are the Christians of Gaza experiencing? In Traces, Fr. Gabriel Romanelli, the parish priest of the one Catholic church in Gaza, speaks about their lives today, from their hospitality to the displaced to the daily companionship of the Pope.

Working among the people of Haiti (Photo: AVSI)

Avsi Tents: Good generates good in Haiti too

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

The fundraising campaign has been supporting the NGO's activities around the world for years, like in Haiti, as recounted by Jessica Granito, an AVSI worker on the since 2017.

Holy Land. Psychosocial activities for children in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho: one of the nine projects of this year's Tents Campaign (Photo: AVSI)

If peace has a face

Current EventsDavide Perillo

Florence, Habiba, the children of Marjayoun... And a gesture that educates in charity, against addiction. Nine projects speak of how it is possible to build a new world. AVSI's Tents campaign, recounted in the December issue of Tracce.

CL young people visiting the Porziuncola (Andrea Grossoni/Fraternity CL)

Assisi: with new eyes

ChurchMaria Acqua Simi

Questions about pain, being parents, issues at work... And the surprise of a faith that "informs life" in a lived communion. The meeting of over four hundred young people from CL

A detail from the 2023 Christmas poster, with the 'Adoration of the Magi', an anonymous fresco by the School of the Master Trecentesco of the Sacred Speco, Monastery of the Sacred Speco in Subiaco, 14th century (Photo: DeAgostini Picture Library/Scala, Fl

The caress of the Child Jesus

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

The small hand resting on the head of one of the Magi bowed down to adore him. This is the heart of the image chosen this year for the Communion and Liberation Christmas poster.

Christmas 2023: The poster

Current Events

The words of Pope Francis and Fr. Giussani, this year accompanied by the "Adoration of the Magi", a 14th century fresco in the Sacro Speco Monastery in Subiaco. The video-poster is also available

Cardinal Pietro Parolin (Catholic Press Photo)

What unites

ChurchStefano Filippi

Vatican diplomacy faces the test of a “third world war fought in piecemeal.” The task of Christians and the radical crisis of trust. In the December issue of Traces, a dialogue with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.

Fr. David Neuhaus (Catholic Press Photo)

What future for the Holy Land?

Current EventsMaria Acqua Simi

Fr. David Neuhaus, a Jesuit scholar based in Jerusalem, explores the origin of the ‘two-state’ solution, testifying to the preciousness of the Christian presence in the region.

(Photo: Pedro Marques Pereira)

Meeting Lisboa: the enchantment of hope

Current EventsFrederico Meira

Artificial intelligence, Péguy's conversion, working in the 21st century, Pessoa's infinity, Andrea Mandelli's spring, the search for goodness inside the Gulag... Two days to embrace everything in the Portuguese capital, November 11-12.

(Foto Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash)

Trust in the other

Current EventsMatteo Severgnini*

What does it mean to love? This is the most urgent question that recent events have provoked, especially in young people. And which calls on all adults. From "Repubblica", the letter of Matteo Severgnini, responsible of GS.

Jon Fosse (Photo: Ansa-Zumapress/Jessica Gow)

Jon Fosse: In the hands of the other

CultureAlessandro Gnocchi*

The 2023 Nobel Prize winner for Literature is a Norwegian writer who lives in the royal palace, writes without periods and is convinced that “everything leads to God”. That is why “religion and art go together”. From the November issue of Tracce.

Cardinal Raphael Louis Sako (Massimo Migliorato/Catholic Press Photo)

Middle East: "How much light does that little light emanate"

ChurchMaria Acqua Simi

A troubled history still today, victims of humiliation and persecution. But which hides no signs of peace, dialogue and hope, while the nearby Holy Land burns. Chaldean Cardinal Sako talks about the Christian presence in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Pope Francis at the 22 November Audience (Vatican Media/Catholic Press Photo)

Pope Francis: "God chooses one in order to love everyone"

ChurchPope Francis

In the Gospel "there is a 'humanizing power', a fulfilment of life that is destined for every man and woman, because Christ was born, died, and rose again for everyone." The General Audience of Wednesday, 22 November.