Culture - 2021

Matthias Stomer, The Adoration of the Shepherds, 17th century. Palazzo Madama, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Turin. © Mario Bonotto/Photo Scala, Florence

“They are made of what they see”

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

Faces, hands, and gazes that “would never look away from what is in front of their eyes.” The Christmas poster features the Adoration of the Shepherds by Matthias Stomer. From the December issue of Traces.

(Photo: Matthias Oesterle/Mondadori Portfolio/Zuma Press)

Barcelona: Who needs the stars?

CultureMaddalena Mongera

December 8, 2021, feast of the Immaculate Conception, will be an important day for the Sagrada Família in Barcelona: 139 years after the laying of the foundation stone, the Tower of the Virgin Mary will be inaugurated. A new light, not only for Barcelona

(Photo: Matthias Oesterle/Mondadori Portfolio/Zuma Press)
János Pilinszky (Photo: Eifert János/Wikimedia)

Pilinsky: An invitation to decipher destiny

CultureAntonio Molteni

The pulse of life, the sounding board of existence. Or rather, vocation. This is what poetry is for the Hungarian János Pilinszky. A hundred years after his birth, a brief excursus through his life and poems.

Fëdor Michajlovič Dostoevskij (A.O Bauman/Wikimedia Commons)

My friend Dostoyevsky

CultureGiuseppe Pezzini

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dostoyevsky, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speaks of how the Russian genius has changed his way of seeing.

Rowan Williams (Photo: Catholic Press)
Friar Cristoforo, Renzo and Lucia (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The rest of that bread

CultureFranco Nembrini

Love that precedes guilt through the eyes of Manzoni, Milosz, Dante... “When one truly forgives, there is nothing left to forgive.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo: akg-images/Mondadori Portfolio)

Bonhoeffer: "God is not a stopgap”

CultureLorenzo Fazzini

The Lutheran theologian executed by the Third Reich, quoted at the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of CL. His life, thought, martyrdom. And his expectant waiting for the God that he wants to find "not at the margins, but at the centre of life."

Sophie Scholl (Photo: Jürgen Wittenstein/akg-images/Mondadori Portfolio)

Sophie's living heart

CultureBenedetta Quadrio

Sophie Scholl, protagonist of the adventure of the White Rose, a group of young people that fought against the Nazi regime in Germany, was born on May 9, 1921. This is her story.

The exhibition on ''The White Rose'' at the 2005 Rimini Meeting (Photo: Archivio Meeting)
Graham Greene (Photo: © AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

The dangerous edge of things

CultureAndrea Fazioli

Graham Greene died thirty years ago, on April 3, 1991. From the April issue of Italian Tracce, a journey through the works of one of the most renowned British and Catholic authors of the twentieth century.

New York Encounter 2021

New York Encounter: "a hope that always surprises us”

CultureMeghan Isaacs and Lisa Lickona

Even though the event took place entirely online, it did not cease to be a place of encounter for the whole United States. Meetings on the figures of Fr. Giussani and Lorenzo Albacete, as well as on the subjects of racism and economic challenges.

Photo: Unsplash/Jonathan Riley

New York Encounter: "When reality hits"

CultureDavide Perillo

A special edition of the New York Encounter is back on February 12. The last edition had a prophetic title: "Crossing the divide". In a country increasingly divided and wounded by the pandemic, an attempt to reveal a different life.

James Joyce (illustration by Roberto Abbiati)

Joyce's way

CultureLuca Doninelli

James Joyce died on January 13, 1941. From the January issue of Italian Tracce, a small voyage through his life and work.

Dublin (Roberto Abbiati)