From Chiara Lubich’s talk at the 7th Assembly of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, Amman, 29th November 1999.
No more people in need, no more hunger, starting from our own neighbourhood. This is the challenge that the Teens for Unity 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.
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).
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.
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 co-existence, the battle to beat poverty and the re-awakening of religious sense, for the Christians there too.