Living in the rift – The Focolare Conference Call

Every two months the family of the Focolare, spread out over the whole world, shares its news internally with everyone who is interested. It takes the form of a conference call via internet and everyone can link up to it.

We would like to share this source of ‘good news’ with all. Even though many items of this conference call come from areas in the world that are experiencing serious difficulties, they are still ‘good news’ because they contain seeds of hope in the various local situations.

The Conference Call of 27 April contains the following items:

(all these items can be accessed via the main link

1 Testimony from Sri Lanka






2 Chiara Lubich: Peacemakers From the commentary on the Word of Life for February 1981.

3 Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam): between future and spirituality

With its 8.5 million population, Ho Chi Minh City is a youthful city that is developing fast. Concentrated in this teeming part of the globe are significant world issues: cultural coexistence, the battle to beat poverty and the re-awakening of a religious sense, also for the Christians.

4 A community as big as the world

Luigi Butori is an Italian living in Ho Chi Minh City. After more than 20 years in Asia, he has seen its great beauty but also its dramatic situations and contrasts. Here we see his work supporting and enabling the poorest of the poor, first in Thailand (see also the Conference Call of September 2015) and now in Vietnam.

5 Greeting from Mozambique






6 Mumbai (India): The ‘Zero Hunger’ challenge

No more people in need, no more hunger, starting from our own neighbourhood. This is the challenge that some of our young people in Mumbai have taken on and work for. They have collected used plastics and newspapers to recycle to support a centre for women in need and families hit by HIV. What started with a few children now involves over 200 families in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

7 Link up with Brazil

8 Victory over Violence from Little Rock, Arkansas (USA)

Suppose that just for once the media stopped being part of the problem and became part of the solution. This is a story by Austin Kellerman, news director at the local NBC TV station, and his team. They worked to lessen violence in their city.

9 Protection of minors: transparency, prevention, training

In step with the Church, the Focolare Movement is working to give child protection the attention it deserves. We take stock of the situation with Olga Maria Rodriguez (jointly responsible for the Central Commission of the Focolare for the Promotion of the Wellbeing and Protection of Minors (CO.BE.TU in Italian)) and Orazio Moscatello (a lawyer and expert in the rights of Families and of Minors and a member of CO.BE.TU).