Stories - 2022

Aaron Richies, born in 1974, teaches at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

United States: Discovering life

US, UK and MoreAaron Richies

A theologian who met Fr. Giussani’s thought and then met a young boy, both of them shaking his faith and life. Leading to a proposal of a university course on Giussani. From the October issue of Traces.

Ramziya with her husband Dima (left) and some alumni

Kazakhstan: an increasingly better friend

WorldRamziya Saleyeva

Ramziya was born into a Muslim family and encountered the movement 25 years ago through two teachers. Today, the beginning is happening again for her in the eyes of her pupils. From the October issue of Tracce.

Federica Irene Falomi in Cappadocia

Turkey: A new desire

WorldFederica Irene Falomi

Seven years ago, she made an encounter that changed her life. Then she had to move to a distant country. A testimony from Istanbul.

Tomoko Sadahiro "Sako"

Japan: Like lava from a volcano

WorldPaola Ronconi

From her passion for music to meeting Fr. Giussani and choosing to join Memores Domini. Sako from Hiroshima recounts her story.

Monsignor Paolo Martinelli on the day of his inauguration in Abu Dhabi

Paolo Martinelli: "For the good of all”

EncountersDavide Perillo

“Mission is not about executing a script, but about following the Mystery.” His childhood in Milan, meeting GS, pain, music, and now a new call. Paolo Martinelli, a Capuchin friar and the new Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, recounts his story.

Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the World Muslim League, with the President of the Meeting Bernhard Scholz (©Archivio Meeting)

At the source of the human


From the September issue of Tracce, excerpts from the dialogue at the Meeting dedicated to Fr. Giussani with Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Islamic World League.

Gulu, Uganda

"You exist to make things beautiful"


A few weeks in Uganda working on an AVSI project with orphaned children in Gulu. Agnese, a high school student, share her experience at the Equipe of teachers at GS high-school students.

Gus Powell (New York, 1974). He is a lecturer for the Master of Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters (©Archive Meeting)

Gus Powell: "I’m still on the journey"

EncountersLuca Fiore

The New York-based photographer, the author of the images shown at the Meeting's "Family Car Trouble" exhibition, recounts his encounter with people in Rimini. Translated from the September issue of Tracce.

Víctor Pérez-Díaz, a sociologist at Harvard University and Complutense University in Madrid, at the presentation of Fr. Giussani's biography in Madrid.

Giussani and Leopardi: Beacons in the fog

EncountersJuan Carlos Hernández

He is one of the great scholars of our society, a place under construction whose questions are still wide-open. And where there is still an "impulse to reach the sublime", which he recognizes in two men. A conversation with Víctor Pérez-Díaz.

Aset with his friends from Kazakhstan

The Pope in Kazakhstan: the story of Aset

WorldAntonella Palermo

Aset is a butcher from Almaty of Muslim origin, who met CL a few years ago... He too was among those waiting for Pope Francis in Nur-Sultan. Here is his testimony...

Boris Chersonskij (©Luca Fiore)

"God became man. To say that is already enough”

EncountersLuca Fiore

His grandfather had to burn his own books to avoid arrest. He had to wait for Perestroika to make his lyrics public. A guest at this year’s Rimini Meeting, Ukrainian poet Boris Chersonsky tells his life story.

Margaret and Mauro

Dublin: The seed of a story

EncountersPaolo Perego

Their encounter with Fr. Giussani, marriage, their yes to mission. "By always remaining attached to this story, things began to happen…. The testimony of Margaret and Mauro Biondi.

Fr. Giussani with Wakako Saito (Photo: Fraternità CL/Francesco Gargioni)

The boundless embrace of the Mystery

WorldWakako Saito

Fr. Giussani's bond with the Buddhist monks of Mount Koya. Saito Wakako recounts how she was born and raised: Fr. Ricci, the Cascinazza, the Rimini Meeting. And the tragedy of the tsunami. A friendship that is the sign of authentic religiosity.

Luca, a teacher in Gainesville, Florida

Florida: The facts before our eyes

US, UK and More

Luca has been teaching in the United States for seven years. He recounts his life in recent times and his relationships with friends. It is an everyday life in which "Jesus happens, and He asks me to follow Him."

Fr Giussani with Pope John Paul II (© Fraternità di CL)

“How will it be to be touched by Being!

EncountersJone Echarri

Jone Echarri is the physical therapist who worked with Fr. Giussani during his illness. We offer here an extract from her testimony at the International Days dedicated to the founder of CL (Madrid, March 31–April 2, 2022). From August Traces.

Madre Geltrude Arioli

“That harmony with St. Benedict"

EncountersPaola Bergamini

Clausura in 1962 and the GS Raggios that Fr. Giussani held in the monastery on Via Bellotti in Milan. Mother Geltrude Arioli speaks of the encounter that marked her and her sisters' history and vocation.

Kerrie with her children

"Grateful, even for my weakness"


From Ireland to Korea to rediscover the faith she had abandoned over the years. Kerrie recounts her story and her dramas, and about that "door" that opened in her encounter with Fr. Giussani and the movement.

(Photo: Unsplash/Bastien Jaillot)

The Mystery of Giovanna


The story of the fostering of a little girl with a serious illness, and the dialogue with a friend full of questions. A testimony from the last Families for Hospitality assembly in June and the response of Giorgio Vittadini who led the meeting.

Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori

“Something I had never seen before”

EncountersAnna Leonardi

In the June issue of Traces, Fr. Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori shares his encounter with the Movement at the age of seventeen, what has happened since then, and the gazes that have fostered his growth.

Danny and Leila Abdallah during their speech in the Aula Nervi (Photo: World Meeting of Families 2022

Forgiveness as the way of holiness

WorldDanny and Leila Abdallah

In 2020 Danny and Leila, a Lebanese couple living in Australia, lost three children who were hit by a drunk driver. Here is their testimony during the World Meeting of Families.