February 2016

No 497 - Vol 46

Cover photo: © Gen Verde 2015



By Paul Gateshill

Instruments in dialogue

Anne Swift was present at the Gen Verde concert at Birmingham University towards the end of their UK tour. It became a real celebration of interfaith dialogue particularly with the large Sikh community present.


On the road to unity

Frank Johnson reports on the thirty-fourth annual ecumenical meeting of bishops, friends of the Focolare Movement.


The family in a journeying Church (Part 2)

In last month’s article Jan Morovic reviewed the backbone of the 2015 Synod on the Family, formed by Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as a community walking with Jesus. In his second article he looks at seven key trends of the Synod that will also serve as inputs to Francis’ upcoming apostolic exhortation on the family.


The words of a father

A short meditation by Chiara Lubich.


Word of Life – February 2016

Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord  (see 1 Pet. 2: 9).
The huge multitude of Christians should be quite visible. But they are so divided that many people don’t notice them and so don’t see Jesus through them. Unity is the only sure way to proclaim God’s mighty acts.

--Spirituality of Unity--

Unity is a gift

The theme for the Focolare Movement this year is ‘Unity’. We continue this theme with extracts from a talk given by the President of the Focolare, Maria Voce to members of the Movement.

--Spirituality of Unity--

The common good

Robbie Young considers whether the notion of the ‘common good’ has run its course.


The Jurors

Paul Gateshill reports on a new artwork to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.


The strawberry and the dandelion

A story for children of all ages by Elisabeth Öhlböck.


Flapjacks with a secret ingredient

Helen Copeland shares a classic with a twist.

--Thoughts from the kitchen--

The Shack

Pip Austin reviews the controversial best seller which readers seem to either adore or loathe!




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