July 2018

No 524 - Vol 48

Cover photo: ©Domenico Salmaso



By Paul Gateshill

An extraordinary gift

Frank Johnson reports on the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Focolare town of Loppiano.


Richard Phillimore – an advocate for young people

New City begins a new series about our ‘Pioneers’ – those who helped to lay the foundations of the Focolare when it first arrived in countries outside of Italy. Kevan Bundell pays tribute to Commander Richard Phillimore, from Hampshire, who introduced many young people to the spirituality of the Focolare.


My lunch break

Michal Siewniak shares what happened when he decided to close his laptop and take a proper lunch break.


Mary and interreligious dialogue

We continue with this year’s theme on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Here Chiara Lubich describes how Mary’s nothingness is the key to authentic dialogue between religions.

Extracts from Mary, flower of Humanity by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City 2017


Looking for the positive

Christine Ashley shares about trying to repair relationships within her department at school.


Fontem – hospitality and care beyond conflict

Many readers will be familiar with Fontem, a small Focolare town in West Cameroon, Africa. During the last eighteen months the region has witnessed violence and upheaval. New City reports on the latest communications from those living at Fontem.


Word of Life – July 2018

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12: 9)

It is in suffering, and only in suffering, that the works of God flourish. So our weakness and the awareness of our fragility present unique opportunities to experience the strength of Christ who died and is risen.


Space and time

Robbie Young reflects on the nature of space and time and wonders if our lives would improve if we could view them both as gifts, rather than as possessions.


Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time

Pat Kane explores the work of the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time at the chapel in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Explore more of Shiota’s work >>


Second best?

Jane Evans tempts us with a recipe for gooey Chocolate Brownies.


And then the light got in

A short poem by Jim Deeds.

From ‘Gym for the soul’ by Jim Deeds. Published by New City 2018



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