Genfest 1980: Making the World a Family

Genfest 1980: Making the World a Family

On May 17, 1980, 40,000 young people from around were gathered at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome, Italy. On May 18th, they met in Saint Peter’s Square with Pope John Paul II. Below is Patrizia’s recount of her first Genfest.

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Pasta for Puerto Rico

Pasta for Puerto Rico

Young people in the DC area reach out to those in need with a creative fundraiser for Puerto Rico.

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Maria Voce: “To dialogue means taking risks.”

Maria Voce: “To dialogue means taking risks.”

Christian dialogue is not easy, but it’s important to take risks. According to Maria Voce there are walls which divide us which need to be climbed. Some extracts from an interview by Andrés Beltramo Álvarez for the Spanish journal “Alfa y Omega”.

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Noel left his mark

Noel left his mark

While working with some young Filipinos in preparation for the Genfest, 38 year old Emmanuel De Jesus died suddenly. Those who knew him now consider him as a guardian angel of the event.

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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.

Family Advent Calendar

Family Advent Calendar

Sometimes we get very busy with all the other Christmas preparations that we tend to forget the reason for the season, at times even cool-ing the “love” in our own homes. That’s why we propose an Advent project for the entire family: The Thermometer of Love Advent Calendar.

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Maria Voce: “The Genfest is ours!

Maria Voce: “The Genfest is ours!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8.00pm, was the time for the live transmission of the monthly link-up with Focolare members from around the world. The microphone was handed over to TV journalist Paolo Balduzzi present at the Mariapolis Centre in Castel Gandolfo, Rome.

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Profit as a means

Profit as a means

Changing the rules of the economic system not only to address poverty, but to build a system whereby the number of people living in poverty decreases. A challenge launched in Brussels at the Economy of Communion seminar.

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