The love that comes from God constructs and renews peaceful relationships.[more]
This expression can easily be misinterpreted. A reflection by Klaus Hemmerle (1929 – 1994), once bishop of Aachen, Germany. Loving Jesus in a neighbour certainly does not mean “exploiting” a neighbour in order to be able to love God; rather, it acknowledges the true dignity of every human being.[more]
The Italian couple Agostino and Marisa Peretti, have spent three weeks visiting families of the Focolare communities in Venezuela which has been hit by a serious crises.[more]
When the game of love for God and our neighbours becomes a daily exercise, in our hearts there is no longer any room for half measures.[more]
The exotic, extremely vast Amazon region was the backdrop for a course sponsored by Sophia University Institute at the end of July. It was held at Mariapolis Gloria, the Focolare’s community near Belem, in northeast Brazil.[more]
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.
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.
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.
Over 1,000 children and teenagers took part in the “Sport4Peace” event held in Kenya, South Sudan and Burundi at the end of August. Sport can become a means to build peace and help overcome social barriers.
The Word waits for our personal and deliberate response.[more]
Mariapolis meetings, annual summer gatherings organised by the Focolare Movement, took place in several African countries. Here is some news about these events.[more]
Rione Vescovado (the Bishop’s Discrict) in Nocera Inferiore is a town of southern Italy. The local district is marked by strong contrasts: noble palaces and pre-fabricated housing, the struggle between legality and delinquency, beauty and marginalization. It is a challenge for the local Focolare community that has given rise to a “work site for young people.”[more]