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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 - December 2014...


The First Asia Pacific Dialogue on Human Rights and Respect for the Dignity of Life was held October 27-28 in Mandaluyong City, and organized by the Philippines Justice Department in collaboration with the Sant’Egidio’s community. The dialogue dealt with a current issue: the abolition of the death penalty.
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December 2014

“Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise” (Lk 3:11).
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“For the nth time, a guy lied to me. At the beginning, it was all wonderful and unexpected and I was quite emotional over him. He is a colleague of my cousin’s whom I met on his birthday. Handsome and simple, he always had a smile and, above all, he seemed not to notice anyone but me. I was enchanted when staring into his eyes…"

“At 74 years old and still in good shape, I do volunteer work in hospitals. However, others are telling me to stop. What do you say to this?”




  We present to you the winner of the first New City Press National Essay Writing Contest sponsored by New City Press. The essay’s theme is in line with the theme chosen for the Year of the Laity: “Choose to be brave… called to be saints and sent forth as heroes in today’s Philippine society, a witness to the world.”
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In ancient times, the word Christ meant King. However, Christ was a king out of the ordinary – a baby born to a daughter of peasants, in a stable, in the company of livestock and shepherds....
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A dialogue of Focolare Movement’s families with some Synod Bishops. An honest discussion about the dynamics of family life today and the pain of failure, detachment from one’s spouse, separation and divorce: “There are no infallible recipes!” The secret is in walking together.
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Mutual love can encourage people to reach out
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Jommar de Guzman and Frances Tamayo, a young engaged couple, share about their vocation to a married life.
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We wish to share with you a beautiful and true story. It is a simple Christmas Love Story about a poor and simple couple, who allowed love to dwell in their family at Christmas time…
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Beautiful and simple experiences in living God’s words from Banilad, Bacong, Negros Oriental
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A particular bond united Pope Paul VI to the Focolare in important moments of its history.
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Sa larangan ng pilosopiya, nais naming ibahagi ang halaw ng talumpati ni Chiara Lubich ng tinanggap niya ang Honorary Degree sa Pilosopiya mula sa Unibersidad ng St. John Baptist de la Salle sa Mexico City noong ika-6 ng Hunyo 1997.
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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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Families: opening up to adoption

“We were so happy that we wanted to shout it out to the whole world: the experience of an Italian family that chose the difficult path of adoption, renouncing assisted conception.
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Surviving after typhoon Yolanda

The story of a Filipino family who survived the strong typhoon that hit the Asian country in November 2013 and a reconstruction project carried out by the Focolare.
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Sweden, Bishop Åke Bonnier’s testimony

From the Diocese of Skara, a Lutheran Bishop of the Swedish Church recounts his journey towards unity of Christians in his country.
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Vatican Conference on Inclusive Economy

Scholars and representatives from business and international organisations gather with the Pope to focus on the “culture of waste” that disposes of human beings as if they were “rubbish”. The Economy of Communion’s work at weaving networks.
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Angiolino and His Friends

“I don’t solve their problems, but at least they feel they have someone who wishes them well. . .”
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Families today: accepting the difficulties

Vatican Radio interviewed Anna and Alberto Friso, from New Families of the Focolare, asking them to comment on the recently published Working Document for the Synod of the Catholic Church on the family.
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Focolare: on the path of social Christianity

A symposium in Paris on "The Focolare Movement’s contribution in the Church and in society," concluded the year of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the Focolare Movement in France.
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Unsung heroes of the Haiyan Typhoon remembered in Tacloban City

A solidarity run event entitled WARAY ngaRun, promoted by Youth for a United World in the Philippines, was held on 28 June 2014 in Tacloban City as part of its annual celebrations.
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Christian-Buddhist dialogue
at Sophia University

Donald W. Mitchell at the Sophia University Institute: a journey of life in interreligious dialogue.
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Gospel, Family and Society

Love for country and the commitment to make it a better place. The experience of Lidia and Loris from Crotone, Italy.
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