Twenty four years old and from the Province of Akland in the Philippines, Chiarela had always had only one desire: to become a doctor. With the support of the Focolare community and her own tenacity that dream was transformed into a reality.[more]
One of the many local Genfests was held August 10-12 for the first time in Havana. It was “unheard of”, they write, with more than 500 young people arriving from all over the island.[more]
Today, even in the most secularised of countries, Mary continues to offer God to the world – not physically as in the past but through people.
This reflection was written by the theologian Klaus Hemmerle.
The floods in Kerala in the southern state of India have wrought over 400 victims and displaced about 1.4 million. The Focolare has activated the emergency procedure for those who wish to offer a contribution.[more]
Sorrow and prayers following the news from Limete where the collapse of a silo has killed at least five people and seriously damaged the hospital and nearby buildings.[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.
Lariane was a young girl at Bukas Palad, the Focolare’s social program that has been going in the Philippines since 1986, at first in the outskirts of Manila, and then in Cebu, Davao, Tagaytay and La Union. She is now a teacher in a public school, in the province of Cebu. “I try to transmit that same love to my students,” she says.[more]
Ever since the beginning of the serious crisis inVenezuela, the uninterrupted flow of people on the run is colliding with a tightening of border laws in neighbouring countries, but the Focolare community in Peru has not stopped welcoming Venezuelans. The story of Silvano Roggero from the focolare in Lima.[more]
The World Meeting of Families is currently underway in Dublin, Ireland. The panel dealing with the topic of education will be presented by Gianni and Maria Salerno who are responsible for Focolare families around the world.[more]