Stories - 2018 - Page 2

Sr. Maria Theresa

Serving without Saving

US, UK and MoreStephen Adubato

At the Crossroads event on May 24, 2018, two women from different backgrounds shared their respective desire to serve the poor, and the real and sincere manifestation of that desire in their lives.

Sr. Maria Theresa (left) and Danielle Mayfield
Mikel Azurmendi

"I'm Struck by the Smiles of People Who've Come Back to Life"

EncountersFernando de Haro

Mikel Azurmendi, philosopher and anthropologist, offers a secular outlook that has, however, been forged by awareness of the most urgent markers of the time we live in: immigration, nationalism, Jihadism, and the value of religion in the public sphere.

Marco Martinelli with the students in Kibera

Walking with Dante through the Wilderness

WorldGiuseppe Frangi

Two hundred youth and children in the slum of Kibera work to prepare a choral performance on the Divine Comedy. It is the discovery of something that makes them feel like “flower buds springing up amidst refuse.”

Marco Martinelli with the students in Kibera.
Jacqui Treco

The Volcano and the Heart of Jacqui

US, UK and MoreWalter Muto

What’s the story behind the song that touched everyone at the Spiritual Exercises? We asked the artist herself. Here is the story of “Be Still My Heart.”

From left, Aisha, Hanifa, and Sara.

Traces and my Happiness

WorldAndrea Nembrini and Rose Busingye

One interview, three voices: Aisha, Hanifa, and Sara. They are the three Muslim women involved in Meeting Point who sell Traces magazine. “It makes me love Catholicism.” This is why.

Beginning Day in Tallahassee.

One by One

US, UK and MorePaola Bergamini

Carie, Whitney and Alberto are just a few of those making up the unexpected CL community in Florida. We offer a journey to witness the origin and growth of a community no one planned.

Some members of the Florida community.
Joy and Jigh-Jigh.

Doors open for Joy

WorldLuca Fiore

“Jesus doesn’t separate the terrible things from the beautiful ones.” The story of a single mother in Nigeria and her journey from shame to an embrace.

Damascus, Syria. Wikimedia Commons

We continue to pray. Our story in Syria is not over

WorldIbrahim Alsabagh

The drama of the civil war in Syria has intensified in the last month, especially in the city of Ghouta, located 20 km from Damascus. Parish priest of Aleppo, Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, and other religious in the area talk about the situation.

Children from the Bucharest orphanage.


WorldAlessandra Stoppa

Twenty years ago, members of the Romanian association FDP met children from an orphanage on the outskirts of Bucharest.Their friendship has continued to this day and even brought them to the Vatican. We offer their unpublished dialogue with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis greets his guests after the private audience.
Pankaj Mishra

This Anger is not Enough

EncountersGiuseppe Pezzini

According to the New York Times (and many other reviews), his latest book is one of the most notable of 2017. Pankaj Mishra offered his clear-eyed vision of today’s world and its globalized “disorder.”

Donald Trump supporters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Filmmaker Deniz Demirer and moderator Simonetta D'Italia. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez

A Gaze in the Crowd

US, UK and MoreJennifer Andersen

"Films not only show the beauty of the world, they express our longings--those we often don’t face or can’t understand in our everyday lives." Filmmaker Deniz Demirer wraps up the 2018 New York Encounter with a journey through movie scenes.

Audience member at A Gaze in the Crowd. Photo by Migi Fabrara Martinez
Tabla at the Amaradewa concert. Photo/Flickr

The Power of ... We!

US, UK and MoreEllen Bauman

"I didn’t speak their language, I didn’t talk about religion with them, I don’t look like them but something I did with my instrument made them cry." A witness at the 2018 New York Encounter by tabla maestro Sandeep Das on music inspiring connections.

(L-R) Professor Joseph Weiler, Professor John McCarthy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre and Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Kashmiri. Photo by Nick Erickson

Abraham and the Birth of the "I"

US, UK and MoreStephen Adubato

Representatives of the three main monotheistic religions shared their views at the 2018 New York Encounter on the relationship between God’s involvement in human history and the discovery of one’s own identity.

Audience in the main auditorium for Abraham and the Birth of the ''I.'' Photo by Nick Erickson
(L-R) Paige Sanchez, Dr. Margaret Laracy, Tom Cornell and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo

On Pilgrimage Toward Unity

US, UK and MoreOlivia Martin

"A religious odyssey and a journey." The life of Dorothy Day and its "impossible" unity at the 2018 New York Encounter with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Dr. Margaret Laracy and Tom Cornell.

Audience present at the panel. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo
(R-L) T.J. Berden, Patrick Tomassi and Joe Bowen backstage before the event. Photo by Maria Ramos

Let Me Feel the Lack

US, UK and MoreClaire Vouk

A conversation at the 2018 New York Encounter examining the almost endless cycle of lack, desire and fulfillment in Terrence Malick's films. Participating were T.J. Berden, Joe Bowen and Patrick Tomassi.

Audience members at Let Me Feel the Lack. Photo by Maria Ramos
Luigi Giussani at the Portofino lighthouse with students. © Archivio CL / Lapresse

A Human Gaze, A History

US, UK and MoreDavid Paradela

A presentation of Alberto Savorana's "The Life of Luigi Giussani" at the 2018 New York Encounter through eyewitness accounts by the Rev. Pigi Bernareggi, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Shodo Habukawa, Rose Busingye, Jonathan Fields and Margaret Stokman.

Molly Ronan (left) and Kenneth Genuard accompanied by an ensemble of strings, woodwinds and percussion. Photo by Elisa Zocchi


US, UK and MoreAndrew Hamm

Three dramatic stories of relationships with fathers that irrevocably changed the lives of their children accompanied by newly composed music by Jonathan Fields and Chris Vath at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Jonathan Fields directs the ensemble. Photo by Elisa Zocchi
Elizabeth Anderson backstage before her lecture. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez

In the Middle of the Path of our Life

US, UK and MoreJulia Bolzon

A commentary on the accessibility of "The Divine Comedy" by stay-at-home-mom Elizabeth Anderson, Ph.D., co-sponsored by the Well-Read Mom reading group at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Well-Read-Mom founder Marcie Stokman. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez