Message from the President


From Pope Francis

  • The poor are the “cornerstone” for building a community

    ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE SANT'EGIDIO COMMUNITY Basilica of "Santa Maria in Trastevere" Sunday, 15 June 2014 Video Photo Gallery Dear Friends, I’ve come to visit the Community of Sant’Egidio here in Trastevere, where it was founded. Thank you for your warm welcome! We are gathered here near Christ, who, from above in the mosaic, watches us with deep and tender eyes, together with the Virgin Mary, whose arm encircles him. This ancient basilica has become a place of daily prayer for many Romans and pilgrims. To pray in the centre of the city doesn’t mean to forget the human and urban peripheries. It means to listen and... Read more



Woman section: topic of the month

  • Reflecting on Complementarity

    By Helen M. Alvaré Professor of Law George Mason University of Law Arlington VA, USA Consultor, Pontifical Council for the Laity Introduction While the notion of “complementarity” between men and women is increasingly well-received in scientific and economic circles, it continues to rankle in legal and political spheres. This notion, however, figures importantly in Catholic thinking about the matter of women’s equality and dignity, and is part of Pope Francis’ invitation to assist the... Read more

Directory of associations: today we introduce

Work of Mary

OFFICIAL NAME Work of Mary   ALSO KNOWN AS Focolare Movement   ESTABLISHED 1943   HISTORY At the beginning of the 1940s, in the climate of hatred and violence of the Second World War, Chiara Lubich - a young elementary school teacher... Read more




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