Stories - 2022 - Page 2

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.

Irpin, near Kiev, May 3, 2022 (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/Ap/Lapresse)

Laly’s victory

WorldLuca Fiore

She is a mother from Kharkiv. For two months, as a refugee in Lviv, she lived in fear of the bombings. Then she arrived in Italy, where she participated in the Fraternity’s Spiritual Exercises. From the June issue of Traces.

Laly Liparteliani (Photo: Luca Fiore)
Sister Benedetta, born Maria Adele Carugati

Armenia: Mission and the stars

EncountersPaola Bergamini

"I was looking for a friendship that would help me live my faith.” From her years at university to her vocation. From the February issue of Tracce, the story of Sister Benedetta, head of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity in Spitak.

New York, 1986. Fr. Giussani visits the CL community (©Fraternità di CL)

Where life happens

US, UK and MoreAnna Leonardi

Vanessa's search from Silicon Valley to Italy to Los Angeles. And that day at Giussani’s funeral…”The experience I was having was enough for me to understand that the faith he was witnessing was something reasonable.” From February Tracce.

Vanessa with her family
Francis Collins (Photo:© Saul Loeb/Mondadori Portfolio/Zuma Press)

God gave us two books

EncountersLuca Fiore

A scientific advisor to the White House, he led one of the most groundbreaking adventures in genetics. And he is among the leading figures in the fight against COVID-19. We met him at the New York Encounter, where he told us about his search for truth.

Kazakh security forces in front of Almaty City Hall in early January (©Ansa/

Kazakhstan: Where does war end?

WorldDavid Perillo

In some cities across the country, the year began with street protests, explosions and casualties. Now the conflict in Ukraine has also come close. From the May issue of Tracce, Lyubov, head of a Center for the Disabled in Karaganda, speaks of her hope.

Lyubov, first on the left, with some friends
Way of the Cross in New York (Photo: Paul Martinka)

United States: Walking behind the Cross

US, UK and More

CL communities around the world gathered on Good Friday to walk the Way of the Cross. Here are some of the many letters received from the U.S.

New York (Photo: Giulietta)
Arjan Dodaj, Archbishop of Tirana-Durrës

Arjan Dodaj: "My return to Albania"

WorldAlberto Perrucchini

He was sixteen years old when he boarded a motorboat in 1993 to get to Italy. He wanted to learn about the world he had seen on TV, and then discovered his faith and vocation. Now the Pope has called him to lead the diocese of Tirana-Durrës.

The helpers at the border between Ukraine and Slovakia

Ukraine: in the folds of history

WorldGuglielmo Mina*

On the Slovakian border, a university student recounts his questions and his meeting with two young volunteers, and their profound perception of the value of life. "So that the world does not lose its human face". From the April issue of Tracce.

The reception of Ukrainian refugees in Poland (©Gabriel Piętka)

Poland: “Our lives belong to each other”

WorldAnna Leonardi

They arrive at all hours, day and night, and someone is there waiting for them. What do those who welcome people fleeing war see? From the April issue of Traces, voices of the Polish CL community, immersed in the river of refugees.

The Chelm sports center on the Polish border, where Ukrainian refugees are housed (© Gabriel Piętka)
Almaty (Unsplash/Esten Erbol)

Kazakhstan: The God "within" Aruzhamal

WorldLucia Beltrami

Another story from a country hit, at the beginning of the year, by riots with deaths and injuries due to the economic crisis: that of a Muslim woman with a passion for cooking, who, because of her encounter with Lucia, decided to open a bakery…

Lucia during a lesson
Irpin, March 5, 2022. Residents of the Ukrainian town under the collapsed bridge waiting to be evacuated (©Emilio Morenatti/AP/La Presse)

Ukraine: Staying human

WorldLuca Fiore

From the April issue of Traces, a conversation with Elena Mazzola and the young members of the NGO called Emmaus based in Kharkiv. "Through this pain, I want to learn to love as He does, to bear all this pain as He does."

Elena Mazzola and some of the young women from Emmaus lined up at the border
Almaty (Unsplash/Alexander Serzhantov).

Kazakhstan: “What saves me and everything”

WorldSilvia Galbiati*

The new year in Almaty and other cities in the country began with protests over rising prices that resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency. More than two hundred people died and thousands injured. How can one face of all this?

Michael Waldstein

Michael Waldstein: "Giussani, a living man”

EncountersLuca Fiore

From his doctoral thesis on Von Balthasar to his encounter with the CL community. In the March issue of Tracce, the Austrian biblical scholar tells us how he has "studied Christianity a lot, but the criterion for understanding it is life."

Switzerland 1971, Fr. Giussani at the table with Hans Urs von Balthasar and Angelo Scola (© Fraternità CL)
Silvio Cattarina (© Archivio Meeting di Rimini)

Silvio Cattarina: If you look carefully

EncountersAnna Leonardi

“If you look carefully enough, the truth of who you are is not pain.” In the March issue of Tracce, the founder of the Imprevisto therapeutic community, recounts how he accompanies young people who experience the big questions in an extreme way.

Ukrainian refugees at Przemyśl station (Photo: © Hesther Ng/ZUMA Press/ANSA)

Przemyśl: "Our journey has just begun"

WorldDavide Perillo

Friendship with a Ukrainian girl took them to the Polish border where refugees continuously arrive. The story of an unpredictable journey. "The human carries something inside that not even war can take away.”

The vans driving towards Poland
Liara Lima

Brazil: "I had been waiting for him forever"

WorldDavide Perillo

Liara, social worker in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon, recounts her encounter with Fr. Giussani in 2010, watching a DVD that some friends had lent her. And that soon became "a path."

Fr. Alberto Caccaro with Sagn in 2008

Cambodia: With Giussani on the Mekong

WorldAnna Leonardi

A missionary in Cambodia for over twenty years, Fr. Alberto Caccaro describes the revolution that began within him as he traveled from village to village and recounts why he decided to translate The Risk of Education into Khmer.

The students of Pka Doung middle-school
The CL community on a hike

Chile: A thousand kilometers to live in beauty

WorldPaula Giovanetti and Valeska Cabañas

The South American community’s vacation in the mountains. They had to overcome many objections before leaving, and yet there was one reason that moved everyone, as “love for destiny does not stop pushing us to walk.”

Venezuela. Argenis with children from his neighbourhood

Betting on your life in Venezuela

WorldDavide Perillo

"Reality is a calling." How can these words not endure? Particularly when the country is suffering the harshest of crises, making daily life extreme. The testimony of Alejandro Marius from the January issue of Tracce.

Alejandro (on the right) with friends from his Fraternity