Jean Vanier was one of the speakers at a recent gathering of leaders or representatives of Christian movements in Paris from 6th to 9th November 2013. The theme of the Together for Europe Friends meeting was “Solidarity with the Poor”. The founder of the l’Arche community powerfully called on those present to have the courage to go beyond barriers in giving Christian witness, speaking of the” tyranny of normality” and the “culture of success”.[more]
Together for Europe is an initiative of communion between Christian communities and movements, which among other activities has also organised two major international events in Stuttgart (Germany).
The first took place on 8th May 2004, just a few days after the enlargement of the European Union to ten new states. On that occasion in excess of 9,000 participants from the whole of Europe and from over 170 communities and movements met in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. The event, which was transmitted via satellite, was followed by another 100,000 people taking part in 100 simultaneous meetings, in Europe and beyond.
The Movements and communities present in Stuttgart made a “pact of reciprocal love” to seal their commitment in favour of the real good of the continent.
Author: Susan Gately. A publication about the new ecclesial movements and associations.[more]
Founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier, true apostle of “the least”, has died. The Focolare joins in remembering him with immense gratitude. We recall him together with Chiara and other founders of movements and new communities in St Peter’s Square for the historic meeting of Pentecost 1998.[more]
The past year has seen a variety of events to celebrate the work for peace and reconciliation initiated by the Rev. Ray Davey along with a committed group of Christian friends in 1964[more]