PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – FOCOLARE
An extraordinary gift
Frank Johnson reports on the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Focolare town of Loppiano.
PAGE 7 – DIALOGUE
My lunch break
Michal Siewniak shares what happened when he decided to close his laptop and take a proper lunch break.
PAGE 8 – WORD IN ACTION
Looking for the positive
Christine Ashley shares about trying to repair relationships within her department at school.
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
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.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
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.
PAGE 14 – PROFILE
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.
PAGE 16 – FOCOLARE
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.
PAGE 18 – REFLECTION
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.
PAGE 20 – ARTS
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
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Jane Evans tempts us with a recipe for gooey Chocolate Brownies.
PAGE 23 – POETRY
And then the light got in
By Jim Deeds