June 2016

No 501 - Vol 46

Cover photo: © Wollertz/Dreamstime



By Paul Gateshill

Searching for a politics of hope

As citizens of GB prepare for the referendum on Europe on 23rd June, James Buchanan argues that we need to replace a politics of fear with a politics of hope. ‘Despite the disillusionment many feel with the current political systems and their prospects for having their voice heard, there are signs of hope.’


The foundations of Europe

As citizens of GB vote in the Referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union, later this month, New City publishes extracts from a talk given by Chiara Lubich in 2001 to European Mayors in Innsbruck, Austria.


Amoris Lætitia: from Noah’s ark to the road to Emmaus

In January and February 2016 Jan Morovic reported on the recent Synods on the family within the Roman Catholic Church. Here he reflects on the subsequent apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis which was published in April.


My beloved chai

New City readers may remember the letter which our friends from the Islamic Unity Society (IUS) sent us (see New City April 2016 page 21). Here they pledged to give something up during Lent out of ‘solidarity with Christians throughout the world and especially with our friends at Focolare’.


Word of Life – June 2016

Be at peace with one another (Mk 9: 50).

Knit together in relationships of listening love we try to stay open to one another, even when there is difference and incomprehension. We can then live out the Gospel command to be at peace among us, dwelling in a fellowship filled with tenderness and mercy.

enlightened  Suggested Meditation from the Book: Essential Writings >

--Spirituality of Unity--

Unity - as our goal

We continue the theme of the year on unity. Here are further extracts from a talk given by the President of the Focolare, Maria Voce, to members of the Movement.

--Spirituality of Unity--


Robbie Young explores the nature of hope in the face of optimism, pessimism and realism.


Words & Images

Duncan Harper explores the power of combining words and images over the centuries.

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Total Recall

A short poem by Ann Finch


Unity and diversity in the family

Uli Yeomans recommends icy fruit sorbet, just in case things get heated during the Referendum on Europe.

--Thoughts from the kitchen--

Structures of Grace:

The Business Practices of the Economy of Communion, by John Gallagher and Jeanne Buckeye. Following on from last month’s edition of New City Michael Gunton recommends a new book on the Economy of Communion.

enlightened Available from New City




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