Stories - 2008

Taipei, Taiwan. Creative Commmons CC0

Mr. Xiao and the Shén Fù Friends

EncountersMassimo Camisasca

After the interview with Cardinal Zen, we look again at the life of Catholics in China. This time, we disembark at Taipei, where the St. Charles Fraternity runs a parish. Encounters and witnesses. Notes from a special journey, marked by gratitude.

The Smoky Mountains. Wikimedia Commons

Who is this Man?

WorldFrancesca Fornasini

Here a student reflects on her time at the CLU vacation and how those in attendance lived "a different reality" informed by Christ. "'Obviously, this is God.' But now, I am finally starting to know, not merely say, that this is true."

Atibaia, Brazil. Wikimedia Commons

We Are Children, Not Orphans

WorldRoberto Fontolan

The invitation to freedom… the value of works… the Aparecida document… Sixteen years after the last meeting with Fr. Giussani, the CL office-holders of the communities of Latin America met to face the question: “What are you seeking?”

Clinicians in Intensive Care Unit. Wikimedia Commons

Questions of Life or Death

EncountersMatteo Forte

She was an atheist and outspoken “right to die” and “living will” advocate. But the life of Sylvie Ménard was affected by another illness: her own. We interviewed this woman whose heart and mind were changed by the facts staring her in the face.

New York City. CC0 Creative Commons

What are you Looking for?

US & MoreSantiago Ramos

The annual gathering of the responsibles of the Movement for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico took place in Jersey City in the middle of January. The 400 participants found themselves to be eyewitnesses of an event that changes life

StFX Physical Sciences Center lab. Via Wikimedia Commons

Why the Pope is on the Side of the Scientists

EncountersDavide Perillo

The quest for the truth, the defense of rationality, the summons to good… Obstacles to research? No, the exact opposite, says Gianpaolo Bellini, one of Italy’s most important physicists.

Seoul, South Korea. Wikimedia Commons

Heart and Seoul

WorldPaolo Perego

An Italian family living in the Asiatic megalopolis began to experience little encounters that have given rise to a companionship that is small but curious about everything, and increasingly able to deal with life’s vicissitudes in the light of faith.

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Tomb by Eugene Burnand via Wikimedia Commons

On North American Soil

US & MoreSean McCann

The birthplace of Communion and Liberation was a school in Italy. Across the ocean, the GS is a vibrant community lead by many teachers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Sean McCann tells us three stories from the world of GS.

Los Angeles, CA. Wikimedia Commons

How a Community Is Born

US & MorePaola Bergamini

Work and life in the parish, barbecues on the beach and weddings. Everyday circumstances which, for an Italian transferred to California, became opportunities for meeting people, and for risk. In the capital of the ephemeral, a curious presence emerged

Saint Patrick. Wikimedia Commons

A New Working Hypothesis

EncountersMauro Biondi

A leading journalist in the Irish media, John Waters discovered CL and rediscovered the reasons for Christianity. This ex-agnostic explains why, today, he attends debates with "The Religious Sense" under his arm, involving himself personally.

Vilnius, Lithuania. Wikimedia Commons

The True Light of Vilnius

WorldDavide Perillo

An exhibit that mobilized the CL community has become an event for the entire country. We went to see it, and discovered what kind of heart gave birth to a friendship capable of becoming a proposal for everyone