Stories - 2005

Broken Stones. Creative Commons CC0

Help for America from Africa

WorldVanessa Akello and Pippo Ciantia

The women of the Acholi Quarter broke rocks for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Patients dying of AIDS gave their own money and their prayers.

'Parable of the Good Samaritan' by Artist Jan Wijnants via Wikimedia Commons

Looking for Work in the Washington, D.C., Area

US, UK and MoreAnna Leonardi

The WorkCenter began a year ago (in a cafeteria!) to deal with the immediate need of some friends who had to prepare for job interviews. Today, it systematically helps those looking for work.

Evolution. Creative Commons CC0

The Scope of Science

EncountersMichelle Riconscente

An interview with Professor Hodgson, a fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and head of the Nuclear Physics Theoretical Group of the Nuclear and Particle Physics Laboratory.

Archbishop Javier Martínez. Wikimedia Commons

Need for Each Other


It was Archbishop Javier Martínez of Granada who conceived the idea of the theological convention, “Meetings for a New Beginning,” and was its chief animator

Lazarus Church in Bethany, Palestine. Wikimedia Commons

In Bethany, Among Samar’s Children

WorldAndrea Finessi

She is Palestinian and Christian. In her “home,” over one hundred orphan children learn to forgive, and a group of Palestinian women put their lives back together. Then, there’s a bread bakery where she tries to make money and create jobs

American Flag. Wikimedia Commons

The Common Good

US, UK and MorePaolo Carozza

"A more adequate awareness of the nature of the common good teaches us to see education as fundamentally oriented toward realizing the fullness of the human person in freedom." A reflection by Professor of Law Paolo Carozza.

Bangkok, Thailand. Wikimedia Commons

Sister Angela’s Choice: to Be a Companion to Those in Pain

WorldMauro Bazzi

A missionary in Bangkok reports the dramatic testimony of a Saverian sister who aided the tsunami survivors, describing the pain of those who have lost everything, and their need–that someone give them a reason for living again.

Monument of Uganda Martyrs and their oppressors, walking towards Namugongo. Wikimedia Commons

Witnesses from “The Pearl of Africa”

WorldFilippo Ciantia and Edo Moerlin

At the end of the 18th century, 200 young lay people met with martyrdom. Twenty-two have been canonized by the Church. From then up to our own day, many more have been an example of deeply lived faith, announcing Christ.

Outside Berchet High School in the 1950s. Via Wikimedia Commons

He Challenged Me to Be Jewish with Indescribable Likeability

EncountersPaola Bergamini

A question and answer with Fr. Giussani during an unexpected religion class forty years ago. Today, the former student of Berchet High School recalls the encounter which led her to the depths of herself; the discovery of her own tradition as belonging.

Produce in a basket. CC0

The Garden at Casa Juan Diego

US, UK and MoreStacy Roussel

At a house for immigrant women, a report on the work of CL volunteers who launched into a new project, cultivating a garden that soon was able to feed the inhabitants of the house.