Stories - 2023

Fr. Don Bosco among his young people (Photo: AVSI)

India: A family for father Don Bosco

WorldDavide Perillo

A Salesian priest, in 2019 he started Talitha Cumi Unnati, an educational centre that, today also with the support of Avsi, welcomes girls in difficulty. Here is his story

The South East Asian community vacation

"Look! What do I remind you of?"

WorldPaola Ronconi

From the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China... A vacation for 80 people from CL's South East Asian community. Beautiful days, “but not because of our virtue, it is God who brings us together.”

Darina Blagonravova

Russia: An unpredictable unity

WorldDarina Blagonravova

Darina lives in a small village near Vladimir. She became a teacher "so that the children would encounter the same gaze that I met." That gaze which for her has overcome all loneliness. From the November issue of Tracce.

Fr. Martin Schneeberger

Greece: "My church of migrants"

WorldMaria Acqua Simi

On the island of Lesvos, Fr. Martin serves an unusual parish, made up mostly of refugees: "I watch them, I listen to them. And their faith strengthens my own."

The picnic with the Uganda young people in Entebbe

Uganda: Picnic and destiny

WorldDebra Nakawombe

A day together, with students and young workers, at the botanical gardens in Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. To deepen the friendship that binds them. And to propose it to others

A moment of the CLU Conference at Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kansas

Kansas: The spark on campus

US, UK and MoreDavide Perillo

The first 'conference' of CL univeristy students at Benedictine College in Atchinson. A small weekend-long meeting involving sixty students from the United States and four from Italy. Here is their account.

Yersultan, History student in Astana, Kazakhstan

I, a Muslim, thirst for their happiness


Meeting an Italian teacher and the impact of the “gifts” received from friends who are in love with life. From October Traces, the story of Yersultan, a Kazak student.

Why are we still here?

US, UK and MoreJohn Kinder

An invitation to take part in the Spiritual Exercises in the local parish hall, regular meetings on the book "The Religious Sense" by Luigi Giussani, and the discovery of something unknown that everyone was looking for.

Jimmy Tamba at the Rimini Meeting (Archivio Meeting)

Sierra Leone: the fruit of a friendship

WorldMaria Acqua Simi

From former child soldier to foster father. Jimmy Tamba recounts his meeting with Fr. Berton, CL and the Nembrini family. "They did not analyze what had happened to me, they made me see the good in the world."

Russian writer and dissident Mikhail Shiskin (Archivio Meeting)

Mikhail Shishkin: "Only culture can rebuild"

EncountersMaria Acqua Simi

One of the greatest contemporary Russian authors, now in exile: “When the war ends, it will be language, music, poetry that will build bridges between Russians and Ukrainians. That is why I do not stop writing.”

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo in Rimini (Photo: Meeting Archive)

Venezuela: "Within fatigue, we are joyful Christians"

EncountersMaria Acqua Simi

The exhibition on Blessed José Gregorio Hernández, his first time at the Meeting, the challenges of a country in crisis. Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, Archbishop of Caracas, speaks.

(Photo: Giacomo Bellavista)

Sparks of the Meeting

WorldGiacomo Bellavista

Giacomo volunteered at the Meeting as a photographer. Here, in pictures and words, he recounts his days in Rimini

A street in Havana

Cuba: Change of frequency

WorldAlejandro Mayo

The Cuban community gathered to follow the presentation of The Religious Sense. But that evening, among the streets of Old Havana, the encounters and surprises continued. Alejandro's story from the latest issue of "Huellas”.

Enrique Arroyo, Director of the Colegio J.H. Newman in Madrid

Madrid: "My adventure with Newman”

WorldEnrique Arroyo Orueta

The encounter with the movement at age 17. The "yes" to Christ, the choice to teach and the birth of a school that today welcomes more than 1,500 students. Enrique Arroyo's testimony at the European Diaconia.

Paolo and Elena and their three children

Greece: "Our vocation is the world"

WorldMaria Acqua Simi

Paolo and Elena live in Athens. Charitable giving, dinners, meeting with other movements and associations up to the Spiritual Exercises. "To rediscover, in the gaze of the other, the beauty of our charism."

Fr. Berton among his young people

Bepi Berton: The mango seed

WorldErnest Sesay

The Xaverian missionary in Sierra Leone died ten years ago. Caring for local Christian communities, welcoming the youngest, child soldiers... The memory of one of those young people "embraced by him".

Fr. Andrew Lee

"A new beginning, in which Christ will keep me with Him forever”

WorldPaola Ronconi

Born in South Korea, he moved with his family to Vancouver. At 13, he entered the diocesan seminary, and then came the encounter with St. Charles Fraternity. The story of Andrew Lee, one of the fraternity's new priests ordained on June 24.

Sydney (Photo: Unsplash/Photologic)

Meeting up in Sydney out of gratitude

US, UK and MoreFilippo Begnini

They called it "Syd Catch up," a kind of mini Meeting, the first public event organized by the small community in the Australian city. Two meetings and an exhibition that have not gone unnoticed.

John Cavadini (Photo: Matt Cashore/ University of Notre Dame /Catholic Press Photo)

Be realists, ask for the impossible

EncountersLuca Fiore

American theologian John Cavadini describes the “countercultural” value of Giussani’s book: “I am so moved just to know that my students have the chance to read a book like this.” From June Traces.

Florence and Obote Milton

Uganda: Florence's three prayers

WorldAnna Leonardi

She is one of "Rose's women." Her and Obote Milton were to be married in a church 20 years after their marriage in a tribal ceremony. Two weeks before the wedding he was killed. Their story and her words at his funeral.