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by Chiara Lubich

The most common experience when reading these Meditations is that they open up a dialogue with the Eternal, and the reader finds a new logic, the heavenly way of reasoning, begins to filter into the soul. We feel that we become better, and we discover a yearning, almost a homesickness, for heaven. And that turns us to face our everyday life, with its everyday struggles and all our everyday neighbours, with renewed resolution. We wish to care for others in the most realistic and down-to-earth way possible. Indeed, we feel enabled to take part in fulfilling the driving theme in the Meditations, the prayer with which Jesus summed up his life-work, uttered to his Father the night before he died: ‘May they all be one.’ (John 17:21)

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Every month the New City Press through the New City Magazine brings you news from a unique perspective: UNITY, and informs you about the contribution of the Focolare Movement to the realization of a united world.

THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - July 2015...


“Education is one of the most important challenges for the Church...” These words of Pope Francis indicate the fundamental role of education in spreading the Gospel message in modern times.
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July 2015

“Take courage; I have conquered the world!” (Jn 16:33) ENGLISH Word of Life in Powerpoint (right click to save)




“It seems that in today’s society, few opportunities exist for those getting married to prepare themselves for the vocation of marriage and of parenthood. It would be wonderful to have a regular venue for exchanges and discussion with other couples, where we could meet several times a year instead of just once.”

“One of the children in my catechism class lost his father a few years ago. His mother, still struggling to recover from their loss, confided to me her problem in having to raise and educate her sons alone, and both of whom are still very young. How can I help her find peace and move forward?”

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More than 170 cities all over the world participated in Run4Unity, an international relay race event, held on May 3, 2015 and animated by the Young Ones for Unity of the Focolare Movement, to promote peace and universal brotherhood among people of different races, culture, and beliefs.
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Through the eyes of some of its people we discover the amazing work behind an organization that employs Social Work and Education through music education to impart values like community, fraternity, cooperation and unity.
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As the Focolare reflects this year on the Eucharist, we are publishing some thoughts from Chiara Lubich on this topic, which can also prepare us for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Cebu in January 2016.
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The pedagogy of the Gospel is not only transformative but also generative, capable of generating new life which is the essence of education.
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“True enough, after getting to know their home environments, it was easier for me to build an authentic dialogue with my students...”
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Remembering Giuseppe Maria Zanghì, “Peppuccio,” one of Chiara Lubich’s earliest followers
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Ang pagkakaisa ng mga miyembro ng Focolare kay Chiara Lubich – tagapagtaguyod ng Kilusan at siyang naging instrumento ng Ispiritwalidad ng Pagkakaisa – ay nakakamit sa pagbibigay-alam tungkol sa mga ispiritwal na pagninilay at maging ng impormasyon at mga pangyayari sa araw-araw na buhay. Buhat ng mga makabagong teknolohiya ng ating panahon, maaaring maisagawa ang taimtim na pagbabahaginan sa paraang naaangkop sa ating piniling landas.
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EXPO: Solar Power Cookers For Haiti

Helping to relieve poverty in Haiti while resolving the environmental problem. The Cucine solari per Mont -Organizé Project,presented at EXPO Milano 2015 in the Cascina Trulza-Civil Society Pavilion.
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A Bed and Breakfast near Florence

The story of a family in Italy who wanted to get involved in giving hospitality to refugees. Watch news video clip.
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Slovakia: A young priest’s challenge

A neighbourhood in Bratislava abandoned by young people: Fr Ludovit refused to give up and strived to create a community. Beginning with families, he used only his strong faith and a personal love for each person.
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Economy of Communion: a path for Africa?

The first international and pan-African EoC school is underway: involving the dynamism of a young population with high aspirations and dreams amid the great challenges facing the continent.
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Why I asked to return to Syria
Interview with Ghada, an Arab Christian focolarina from Lebanon. She has lived amongst the people of the Middle East, the past year and a half in Syria, where she continues with them to hope and to believe.
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Family life: the “price” for staying united

The enticement of a brilliant career in a country of your dreams. The story of Rosette and Eric, a young Filipino couple that managed to go against the current and choose to remain a family.
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Sainthood Cause for Chiara Lubich
formally begins
The video with the highlights of the 27 January 2015 official ceremony held at the Cathedral in Frascati (Rome).
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Bangko Kabayan: an indispensable business

The Wall Street Journal interview with Teresa Ganzon General Director of Bangko Bahayan, a rural bank in the Philippines which adheres to the Economy of Communion: "Serving God, Law at a Philippine Bank".
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Belgium: Solidarity Concert
A concert produced by Christian and Muslim teens and adults. It was packaged with care as you would a gift, with time, patience, listening to one another's ideas, complete with the surprise of the end result.
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Burkina Faso: Youth movements unite

Hundreds of young people from different groups have created a day of friendship with an invitation to forgiveness. An important gesture in a country that is going through a transition towards recovery.
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Economy of Communion: The “Pasticcino”
biscuit factory is growing!

The story of Gonzalo Perrìn, entrepreneur and manager of one of the many small enterprises that draws inspiration from the spirit of Economy of Communion.
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Pope Francis to ecclesiastical movements:
“Keep going, be always on the move!”

Street missions, communities for drug addicts, prayer and work, taking care of the elderly and disabled, youth involvement: the Movements want to announce together, the joy of the Gospel in all fields. The meeting with Pope Francis marks the culmination of the international Meeting.
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Interreligious Symposium in Rabat

Around a hundred scholars coming from 25 countries, from the three monotheistic religions, to make an in-depth study together on the dignity and the role of the woman in building peace.
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Hungary, a “dice” for future citizens

The “cube of love” installed in a park of Jánoshalma was a cheerful symbol of an educational proposal to build social bonds based on peace and respect
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