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.
Luigi Butori is an Italian focolarino living in Ho Chi Minh City. After over 20 years in Asia, he has seen its great beauty but also dramatic situations and contrasts. We went with him to see his work supporting and enabling the poorest of the poor, first in Thailand (see the CH Conference call of September 2015) and now in Vietnam.
From the voices of the inhabitants of Jerusalem a point of view that sees seeds of hope in the most disputed city in the world beyond what the chronicle gives us daily.
Anna Maria, Jessica and Talat: a testimony of friendship between faithful of the three monotheistic religions. When the walls of mistrust and prejudice collapse, one experiences the possibility of looking to the future with courage and hope.
Peace can be built in a thousand ways. At times we also need places to meet, places of spirituality, study, dialogue and formation. A project of the Focolare for Jerusalem.