PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL

PAGE 4 – DIALOGUE

Challenging the future
Keith Pennington, a Humanist, reports on a meeting in Rome last year entitled: ‘Challenging the future – women and men in dialogue.’ This meeting was targeted at atheists and agnostics who are attracted to the vision and values of Focolare.

PAGE 7 – VIEW FROM A BUS

It’s a lecky!
Lesley Ellison shares another true story from her home city of Liverpool

PAGE 8 – FOCOLARE

Living as a united family
In September this year there will be the General Assembly of the Focolare Movement to elect a new President and Co-President. New City reports on this interview with the President, Maria Voce (Emmaus), and the Co-President, Jesús Morán.

PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

Where two or more…
The theme this year for the Focolare Movement is ‘Jesus in the midst’ based on Chiara Lubich’s understanding of Jesus’s promise: ‘Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them’ (Mt. 18: 20).

PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

Word of Life – January 2020
They showed us unusual kindness (Acts 28: 2)
Unity attracts the presence of Jesus among us and his presence transforms everything. So let’s approach each neighbour wanting to welcome them with all our heart and lay the basis for a relationship of mutual love.

PAGE 14 – SOCIETY

Sleeping rough
It is impossible to go into our town and city centres today and not be affected by the increasing numbers of rough sleepers. Ted Guiver reports on a promising initiative called ‘Housing First’, which originated in Finland

PAGE 16 – REFLECTION

The power of kindness
Elisabeth Ohlbock reflects on the power of kindness and how it ‘softens our hearts towards those who suffer, draws our feet to walk in solidarity with the disadvantaged and opens our hands to those in need’.

PAGE 18 – DIALOGUE

A new peace centre in Jerusalem
Chiara Lubich’s dream was that the Focolare would one day build a peace centre in the Holy Land. This month marks the 100th anniversary of her birth and New City can report that Chiara’s dream is about to be realized in Jerusalem.

PAGE 20 – INDEX 2019

PAGE 21 – MEDITATION

When unity is complete
A short meditation by Chiara Lubich

PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN

Chicken adobo
Yolanda Matro shares her favourite dish from her native Philippines…

PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU

Burn and blow
By Jim Deeds

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