2016 Luminosa Award to Sikh Leader

2016 Luminosa Award to Sikh Leader

Conferred on Dr Butalia from Ohio State University for his commitment to peace-building and dialogue. The award spotlights people who are dedicated to building bridges of unity

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WYD – JASNA Experiences

WYD – JASNA Experiences

Teenagers and young adults, who traveled to Poland and Slovakia for World Youth Day and the Jasna Youth School, spent time praying, praising God, and immersing themselves in a crowd of their peers. This experience was a true pilgrimage experience in the sense that many such sacrifices were made, from walking for hours, to spending a day or night completely drenched from pouring rain; from waiting for hours for a bus that never came, to taking cold showers, etc… But these experiences created solidarity and a supernatural atmosphere among the Midwest Focolare youth.

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Greek Orthodox Great Vespers for the Feast of the Induction and the Protection of the Environment

Greek Orthodox Great Vespers for the Feast of the Induction and the Protection of the Environment

Members of the Focolare movement in the Chicago area participated in the liturgy and reception on the Greek Orthodox feast of the Great Vespers for the Feast of the Induction and the Protection of the Environment. The celebration was held for the Chicago area at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Glenview. Sts. Peter and Paul is a very beautiful, colorful, icon-filled, bright and welcoming structure and was a perfect setting for such a majestic ceremony. The ceremony manifested the majesty of God, as shared by the Focolare members in attendance.

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Summer in the Southwest

Summer in the Southwest

Three 1-day Mariapolis-style retreats and 1 vacation mariapolis in the Southwest cities of El Paso, Austin, Houston and San Antonio (in Spanish) Texas. Over 465 participants total.

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Children and the real Christmas story

Children and the real Christmas story

“Jesus is the greatest gift of all”: with this spirit, thousands of children throughout the world remind us that “Jesus has been dislodged,” and invite us to make him once again the focus of Christmas. In St. Peter’s Square on 20 December, there will be a Children’s Jubilee with the blessing of their statues of Baby Jesus.

Joelma and the Wall of Tiles

Joelma and the Wall of Tiles

An exhibition held in support of victims in war-torn countries. It consists of a wall composed of handmade tiles which can be lifted off and taken home. Joelma Regis, the project creator, explains: “We are all connected and together we can help tear down the walls of indifference in our everyday lives.”

World Social Forum

World Social Forum

August 11-12, 2016, the North American Economy of Communion Association presented the Economy of Communion at the Montreal World Social Forum. Three bilingual (English and French) workshops were presented: one on The Work Environment and Company Values™ (Environnement de travail et valeurs™entreprise), and two on The Economy of Communion: Hope in Action (Économie de Communion: l’Espoir en Action).

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Preview of Midwest Youth at World Youth Day

Preview of Midwest Youth at World Youth Day

From July 22 to August 6, twenty-one Midwest Focolare youth, along with five chaperones, attended the festivities and activities of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, which included a one week youth school entitled, You Got Me. The post WYD school was held in Jasna, Slovakia, sponsored by the Youth for a United World of the Focolare Movement.

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Midwest Mariapolis 2016

Midwest Mariapolis 2016

Four days. Four hundred participants. Christians from many denominations. Faithful of varied religions. Young. Old. Newly arrived immigrants. Some for the first time. Others over many years. Coming together to live and share messages of hope and communion in a world so in need of Unity. These would describe the 2016 Midwest Mariapolis, as would be true for so many other locations around the world where local Mariapolis gatherings are held.

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