A Muslim Afro-American judge from Indianapolis is inspired by the charism of Chiara Lubich to institute a special tribunal for people with mental problems or psychological dependence. “I learned as a judge to experience compassion.”[more]
Experts in the fields of law and economics find in Chiara Lubich’s charism elements to inspire new ideas and perspectives for the vision of a ‘culture of unity’.
Brought together by the desire to look at law as a necessary and useful tool to help transforming any group with genuine communion among its members, academics and professionals in the field of jurisprudence form an international network: Communion and Law.
It came into existence in 2001 following Chiara Lubich’s intuition of fostering a ‘culture of unity’ across the most varied branches of knowledge. The title Communion and Law emphasizes the commitment to share knowledge and experience from various professional activities in the realm of jurisprudence.
It strives to spread positive values and to focus cultural attention upon the human person recognized as having the fullest dignity, seen in the context of human relational capacity, of openness to the transcendent, and of the ability to forge a world today in harmony with the best aspirations of individuals and peoples.
Communion and Law takes on board the need for relationality felt also among people active in the field of the law, without losing sight of the varieties of environments and cultures where they work.
In various parts of the world groups of people involved in Communion and Law have spontaneously come together and, in their meetings, they share their experiences with one another, telling of their efforts, successes and failures, and giving support to the development of a legal system that seeks to favour fulfilling the potential of persons and local communities.
Academic research, undertaken by groups of university professors from different nations, is looking at relationality and the principle of fraternity in the field of law. They are seeing how to maintain contact as they strive to find a common grounding despite the diversity of their disciplines. The possibility of a common approach can be seen; it would be part of a response to the need for a new way of relating, conducted according to the value of reciprocity.
Particular attention has been given to young people, both students and those beginning their careers. Every summer in various places in Europe a study session is held and, every few years, there is an international congress where there are also sizeable delegations from outside Europe. In this way young people discover a new vision of law, not simply as a mass of rules but as a way of building positive relations, an instrument for bringing about a fraternal vision of relationships.
From Argentina, the experience of a judicial official who tries to reconcile fraternity and justice by putting people first.[more]
The problem of overcrowded prisons is at the heart of a workshop for prison workers, organised by the Focolare’s New Humanity Movement. Efforts in response to a critical situation[more]
The first issue of a newsletter dedicated to dialogue, which the Focolare Movement has promoted in various areas of culture, has just come out. It features news, facts, meetings and projects, all from the perspective of unity.[more]
There is great satisfaction also in the Sophia University Institute of Loppiano. The new Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University (PLU), recently appointed by Pope Francis, is also a “visiting professor” at the University Institute. Vincenzo Buonomo, jurist and canon lawyer, from 1 July will be the first ever layperson to guide the pontifical university, […][more]
The Palermo Catpital of the Culture of Unity and Brotherhood Project has concluded. It had been launched by 300 young people and attended by Maria Voce, Jesus Moran, Archbishop Lorefice, students of Sophia University Institute (IUS) and Gen Verde Band.[more]