World - 2017

Mireille Yoga at the Edimar Center in Yaoundé.

Cameroon: Ashes or Fire

WorldAlessandra Stoppa

"We think we possess things forever. Instead, they are given to us." From November's Traces, we offer here the story of Mireille and Victorien, a married couple in Yaoundé, Cameroon, whose letter was quoted during the Beginning Day of CL.

Mireille with her husband Victorien and their children, Andrée and Jéremie.
Fr. Federico Trinchero, Carmelite missionary, with his young brothers in front of Saint Marc Major Seminary in Bangui.

A Seed Amidst War

WorldFederico Trinchero

In a country devastated by war, young men choose to follow Christ. Over the years, we have followed the story of a Bangui monastery turned refugee camp. Despite the ongoing conflict, something flourishes in the “periphery of the periphery of the world.”

The Carmelite friars of Bangui.
The Tamras family before the kidnapping.

The Beginning of Peace

WorldAnna Leonardi

The story of the Tamras family: the night of the attack, the imprisonment, and the faith of three kids together with their father and grandfather while their mother negotiated with one of the militants.

Daesh militants on their way to Raqqa, ISIS’s headquarters.
Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.

CL Knights & Pope Francis

WorldFr. Accursio Ciaccio

"If we look at the Crucifix, we understand that even in suffering there is a meaning, despite the fact that we might not know it." Pope Francis met with middle school kids of the Knights in the Paul VI Hall, Vatican.

Pope Francis salutes the faithful in St. Peter's Square. CC0 Creative Commons
Workers in a Gulag. Wikimedia Commons

A Smile in the Gulag

WorldLuca Fiore

She was arrested, tortured, and sent to Siberia. The accusation? Having spread news about the Church in Lithuania. And yet, Nijole Saunaite speaks of her jailers as “my KGB brothers and sisters...”