St Teresa, woman of strength

St Teresa, woman of strength

October 15 is the anniversary of Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), the great Spanish saint and mystic. Igino Giordani, politician, author and hagiographer, wrote of her in 1962: she “was a courageous astronaut of the divine, as well as also a practical woman who knew about the world.”

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India: the #zerohungergeneration project continues

India: the #zerohungergeneration project continues

Mayur Jayram Mandavkar, a teacher of traditional Indian dance, and the Young for Unity of the Focolare are engaged in supporting the #zerohungergeneration in Mumbai, to help disadvantaged children.

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The breadmakers

The breadmakers

In 1988 a group of young people of the Focolare, suddenly became bakers and sold bread on the road outside the Ginetta Mariapolis in Brazil. Thirty years later, the Golden Grain is a successful activity making good quality produce with love, human kindness and the will to share.

Let’s colour our city

Let’s colour our city

The town of Gary in Indiana is one of the poorest in the USA. 100 teenagers from six States went there to help organise activities with the homeless, to serve at a soup kitchen/canteen and work on urban renewal. For many of them it was an unforgettable experience, which opened their eyes not only to the needs but also the beauty of the town, which is, before all else, a community.

Colombia: diversify to generate development

Colombia: diversify to generate development

A priest’s act of fellowship transformed a failing coffee plantation into a real business named Acedeco Padevi. It is community led and inspired by the principles of the Economy of Communion. Choosing the diversify the production process lead to greater sharing, new jobs and the development of the business, while respecting the environment.

The art of giving freely is learned in the family

The art of giving freely is learned in the family

In an article from the Catholic daily newspaper, Avvenire, economist Luigino Bruni discusses the essential connection between economy and relationship, the same connection upon which the Economy of Communion is based which emerged from the charism of Chiara Lubich.

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