Editorials

Traces N.8, September 2019

EditorialsOut of the ordinary

This year the Meeting of Rimini turned 40, and it has remained faithful to its effective formula of dialogues, exhibits, and performances. It remains something truly out of the ordinary, because of what happens; that is, because it continues to be a...

Traces N.7, July/August 2019

EditorialsLiving Human Spaces

This time the prompt comes from a document published by the Vatican on April 29, “Religious Liberty for the Good of All,” the fruit of over four years of work by the International Theological Commission. This is not just a text for experts, but a great...

Traces N.6, June 2019

EditorialsA New Way of Knowing

It would be hard to pose questions that are more urgent, more intricately interwoven with the fabric of our days and our relationships, with what happens to us and what we do hour by hour, and which call out to our need to leave a mark so that we can...

Traces N.5, May 2019

EditorialsA Life that Broadens Life

"Seeking a Path Forward" was the title of the tour through America to present the biography of Fr. Giussani, which concluded a little over a month ago. If you think about it, this title presents the main question facing all of us no matter our...

Traces N. 4, April 2019

EditorialsRoots and the Present

In the beginning it was an ideal. Then, a kind of miracle. Now it just seems to be a problem. In the eyes of many, the European Union, that unthinkable puzzle of languages and cultures assembled piece by piece, a gift of expectation and hope for 500...

Traces N. 3, March 2019

EditorialsThe Ideal that Conquers Life

It takes courage to talk about “something to start from.” The world seems so confused, so “liquid” around us, that even thinking we can find firm ground to start from to face the problems surrounding us–both great and small–seems impossible, seems like...

Traces N. 2, February 2019

EditorialsResuming the Dialogue

Do we truly believe that the other is “a good for me”? Do we actually recognize this in our daily experience? When we say it again here, repeating a line that our readers have seen often in this magazine, we do not do so in order to articulate...

Traces N. 1, January 2019

EditorialsThe True Difference

If there is one thing we cannot allow ourselves in the situation of widespread malaise in which we are immersed, it is a failure to perceived facts that point in the opposite direction. We have these facts right in front of us, at times even enormous ones...

Traces N.11, December 2018

EditorialsPoor in Spirit

Those who read Traces regularly will be familiar with the extraordinary lesson that Fr. Giussani gave in Varigotti in 1968 to a group of young people of the Péguy Center, not only because the text was published as Page One on the CL website, but also...

Traces N.10, November 2018

EditorialsThe Human Factor

In this issue of Traces we are trying to take another step on a journey. In the last month, we asked what makes it possible to generate people able to bear today’s confusion caused by the impact with a frighteningly chaotic reality that at times prompts...

Traces N.9, October 2018

EditorialsFreedom and Vocation

By the time you read this issue of Traces, the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment will already be underway. It is a historic opportunity, because it involves a crucial topic for the Church and the world. Young people are not...

Traces N.8, September 2018

EditorialsThe Impact of History

"We want everything” was one of the slogans of the demonstrators in 1968 and became the title of one of the most visited exhibits during this year’s Rimini Meeting. These three words struck many during the week of the Meeting. It is also a cry that...

Traces N.7, July/August 2018

EditorialsMinute by Minute

What makes us happy? What can truly fill the human heart, deep down? This may seem like a hackneyed or even insignificant question compared to other issues that at first sight would seem much bigger, such as politics or the economy. And yet it is a...

Traces N. 6, June 2018

EditorialsFlower Buds

What newness does faith bring to the world, to this world? We may take this question for granted, ready with answers that risk becoming formulaic based on distinctive values, different life choices, and an understanding of the human person that is...

Traces N.5, May 2018

EditorialsA Journey We Walk Together

Dear friend, what you have in your hands is the new Traces. The changes are substantial, as you can see. We thought this was the right moment to go from the periodical to which you–and we–were accustomed, to a “news magazine” style. The nature of the...

Traces N.4, April 2018

EditorialsThe Facts Before Our Eyes

We have our ideas, sometimes even correct ones, perhaps forged over years of observation and in-depth study of things that, at a certain point, in one way or another, we think we “know.” And then we have the facts, those things that continually happen...

Traces N.3, March 2018

EditorialsWords and Gestures

Five years have passed since that evening. Just two days into the Conclave, on the heels of the major shock of the previous month when Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, came another exciting event: Francis, the first Pope from Latin America, whom the...

Traces N.2, February 2018

Editorials"Our One Desire is to Follow Him"

Dear friends, As you know, I had the joy of being received in a private audience with Pope Francis on Friday, February 2nd. My desire was to share with him, the guide of our Christian people, the steps we have taken since our momentous meeting with him...

Traces N.1, January 2018

EditorialsThe Christmas of Jesus is Truly for Everyone, No One Excluded

Realities are more important than ideas” (Evangelii Gaudium, 231). There is no greater challenge to our reason, to our human logic, than a fact, a real event. Let us think of the Jewish people in exile, of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke. When everything...

Traces N.11, December 2017

EditorialsLiving the Essential

What makes it possible for 145,000 people (Italians and others, in other parts of the world) to give freely of their time on a Saturday to ask others to donate something to the poor, encountering over and over, millions of times, a very concrete “yes”?...

Traces N.10, November 2017

EditorialsSurprised by Beauty

During the recent tour presenting Disarming Beauty in the United States and Canada, something happened that is worth looking at. In those seven events in eight days, with three thousand miles of flights, in which many different worlds entered into...