January 2017

No 507 - Vol 47

Cover image:  Pixabay



By Paul Gateshill

God always takes the initiative

Frank Johnson looks back at Pope Francis’ recent historic meeting in Sweden with the Lutheran Church. It would have been unthinkable just a few years ago that a pope would travel to a Lutheran country and publicly admit to the positive aspects of Martin Luther’s reformation.


Be the change you want to see in the world

Michal Siewniak argues that we need to actively engage in politics starting in our own local communities, if we are to build and advance real democratic processes.


Who's who? Part 8

The series continues with another opportunity to get to know more about the lives behind those who contribute to New City magazine.


Word of Life - January 2017

For the love of Christ urges us on (2 Cor. 5: 14).

Urged on by Christ we too can live the radical love that is God’s very nature and seek in all things and in all ways to build relationships of unity with others – especially among Christians of different Churches.


Who am I?

This month our business manager: Rumold van Geffen, chooses an article from the New City archives which made an impact upon him in 1974.

enlightened About Peppuccio: New City April 2015 (page 9)


Making assumptions

A mother discovers that she is worrying needlessly about one of her sons.


Beyond the rood screen

David White reflects on how an ancient rood screen within a medieval church can become a symbol of our spiritual journey today.


Adoration of the Magi

During this period of Epiphany, Pat Kane shares her insights on the ‘Adoration of the Magi’ by Andrea Mantegna.


The Button

A short poem by Ivor Bundell


The key: Jesus crucified and forsaken

Each year the Focolare Movement focuses on a key point of the spirituality of unity. This year the theme is on Jesus crucified and forsaken – ‘the suffering God’. Chiara Lubich explains her discovery of him as the key to unity.



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