Stories - 2020

Fr. Pigi Bernareggi.

Bernareggi: God does everything to win us over

WorldPigi Bernareggi

He has been in Brazil since the Sixties, "sent" by Fr. Giussani. The Italian missionary has been answering questions about the provocations of recent months, posed by his friend Rosetta, who has been in South America with him since day one.

Fr. Pigi's letter
Richard Cabral at the New York Encounter 2017 (Photo: Brenda Abdelmesih)

Richard Cabral: "Everything comes down to presence"

EncountersJosé Medina

He works for film and TV, he was in a gang and ended up in jail. The Californian actor talks about the turning point in his life and he compares it with the provocations in "Reawakening Our humanity".

The Cascinazza monastery

A continuous “Here I am”

EncountersPaola Ronconi

From the May issue of Traces, Fr. Sergio Massalongo, the prior of the Cascinazza monastery, explains how in his experience “our yes to Christ is, before all else, our contribution to the salvation of every man and woman today.”

The May issue of Traces
Giacomo Poretti (Photo: Serena Serrani).

Giacomo Poretti: "Let us learn to accept the unexpected”

EncountersPaolo Perego

He fell ill and experienced fear and uncertainty. The famous Italian actor talks about his personal journey and the challenges posed in the ebook "Reawakening Our Humanity.” Faith? "It must be conquered every day. It is an experiment in love."

Maurizio Maggiani (Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Gettry Images)

Maurizio Maggiani: Life Changes

EncountersAlessandra Stoppa

Now that reality has been shattered, after a period in which we thought nothing could be greater or better than the world we had built, we find ourselves at the edge of a cliff. From MayTraces, a conversation with author Maurizio Maggiani.

The May issue of Traces
Giorgio Vittadini

The renewal of my humanity

WorldGiorgio Vittadini

From the May issue of Traces, Vittadini reflects on the temptation to cling to all sorts of “have to be’s,” his decision to stay in the present at this difficult moment, and his understanding of work as a form of prayer.

The May issue of Traces
The New York skyline

Anne Snyder: "We are in a big delivery room"

EncountersLuca Fiore

She is editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine "Comment" and a keen observer of American society. From her "refuge" in Maryland she says: "Nothing had prepared us for this earthquake of uncertainty. Now we accept the call to change."

Anne Snyder, editor-in-chief of Comment
In the kitchen at "Tina Lesma" in Bresso

In quarantine, surprised by a hundredfold

WorldPaola Bergamini

The virus has also reached the “Tina Lesma” family home in Bresso, with ten guests with mild mental disabilities. Their initial fear and the difficulty in explaining what was happening. "But the struggles have not obscured the good we receive.”

© Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

At the wellspring

WorldRose Busingye

In Uganda, everything was organized for a vacation with friends from various African nations. Then, some Italian friends had to cancel because of Coronavirus: the initial reaction was fear. In April Traces, from Kampala, the story of a journey of freedom.

Alejandro Marius

Venezuela: "A human advantage”

WorldAlejandro Marius

He is in Caracas, with his four daughters. His wife got stuck in Spain when the pandemic broke out. He talks about his “struggle to get her back, but with the peace of mind of being able to live if that did not happen for a while.”

With his wife Alexandra
Pier Paolo Pasolini

Fr. Giussani and the Encounter with Pasolini and Testori

EncountersMassimo Borghesi

If faith is not experienced as an encounter, it is lost. In an article originally published in Il Sussidiario, November 4, 2014, we learn of Giussani's encounters with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovanni Testori.

Valentina Losa

"Work, my daughters and those prayers from Bahrain”

WorldEmmanuele Michela

Valentina runs a small business making trophies and medals for the World Cup, the Champions League, for Middle Eastern royal families. "Everything has now stopped." Except the possibility, starting from faith, "to not let fear get in the way.”

 The World Cup held by Fabio Cannavaro in 2006
Angela Demattè during a performance about Etty Hillesum

Angela Demattè: “The authenticity that I do not want to lose”

EncountersLuca Fiore

The actress and playwright re-proposes Giovanni Testori’s protagonist “Redenta” to “accompany” us during this difficult time. She explains her choice, talking about herself, her origins, and about a shadow she has discovered within herself.

In the video proposed by Casa Testori
Pupi Avati (Photo: Meeting Archive)

Pupi Avati: "Me, fear and being able to say ‘I do not know’”

EncountersAlessandra Stoppa

A letter to RAI asking to bet on "beauty", to seize the "the opportunity presented to us during this tragedy." Isolation during the emergency, his story, his relationship with his wife, the Pope. The great Italian director recounts what he is discovering.

Pope Francis during the moment of prayer on March 27
David Horowitz playing the piano

Horowitz: The warmth of a jingle

US, UK and MoreMarco Bardazzi*

In his studios, among a swarm of musicians, "creating the New York soundtrack". His story, his encounters, his words. This is how a friend recounted David Horowitz’s story in a book published a few years ago.

Marco Bardazzi's book, ''Sotto il cielo d'America'' (Under the American Sky)
In a "Villa" in Buenos Aires

In the "villas", where the community fights the virus

WorldMonica Poletto

Fear in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, between poverty and the impossibility of self-isolation. There, a group of priests takes care of the people. Fr. Charly Olivero recounts their story.

Amedeo Capetti

A day in the hospital ward

WorldPaola Bergamini

Expectation and hope in the hospital ward. From April Traces: The story of Amedeo Capetti, an infectious disease specialist at Sacco Hospital in Milan who has been fighting the epidemic on the front lines since it began.

The entrance of the Sacco Hospital
Antonio Polito

Antonio Polito: Fear and Presence

EncountersDavide Perillo

The coronavirus is sending a Western civilization “increasingly indifferent to the very idea of Jesus” into crisis, leaving us at a fork in the road... From April Traces: an interview with Antonio Polito, columnist for Corriere della Sera.

The April issue of Traces
Luca Salvi, head of Orthopedics in the at the Alzano Lombardo Hospital

"One last look of tenderness towards those who die alone”

WorldPaola Bergamini

Luca Salvi works at the Alzano Lombardo Hospital (Bergamo), one of the hotbeds of the epidemic. Where everything has changed. From the conception of work to relationships amongst colleagues. "What is happening makes us reflect on our consistency."

Fr. Livio Lodigiani.

Fr. Livio: Back from Almaty

WorldMaria Acqua Simi

He spent twenty-three years in Kazakhstan as a missionary. Now he is back in Cremona, and re-evaluates everything he lived. Friends, encounters, works. Without regrets, but eager to discover what this path still has in store for him.

Fr. Livio with friends from Almaty