A Flower in the Bishop’s District

A Flower in the Bishop’s District

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.”

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I am free to love

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I am free to love

On 13th June 2016 Francesco was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a form of Motor Neurone Disease which attacks the neurons controlling voluntary muscles, progressively affecting his movement – but not, according to Francesco, his freedom to love.

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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.

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