PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – FOCOLARE
The early years
In this centenary year celebrating the birth of Chiara Lubich, New City looks back to the beginning of the Focolare Movement and its humble origins in war-torn Trent, northern Italy.
PAGE 6 – WORD IN ACTION
Just a cup of tea
Frank Johnson shares how he first encountered the Focolare Movement and its spirituality of unity and how this led him to give his life to God.
PAGE 8 – REFLECTION
The journey from me to us
Elisabeth Öhlböck explores the importance of pilgrimage whilst reflecting on her recent spiritual experience of a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
PAGE 10 – CORRESPONDENCE
Tributes to Chiara Lubich
We asked New City readers to send in some of their thoughts about Chiara Lubich during this centenary year. Here are just a few of the many tributes received
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – March 2020
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets (Mt. 7: 12)
This Word is the ‘Golden Rule’, a universal teaching contained in the different cultures, religions and traditions that humanity has developed over the ages. It is the basis of all authentically human values that lead to peaceful coexistence, with just and supportive personal and social relationships.
PAGE 14 – FOCOLARE
Journeying in dialogue
Paul Gateshill reports on the celebration of Chiara Lubich’s centenary at Birmingham University in January this year.
PAGE 19 – FOCOLARE
The great dream of unity
To mark the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Chiara Lubich, Maria Voce, the current President of Focolare, shared the following message.
PAGE 20 – VIEW FROM A BUS
During the last six months, Lesley Ellison has been sharing stories of her ‘view from a bus’ in her native Liverpool. All the stories in this series have been about real people and real places. In this epilogue she introduces us to them all.
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Canederli con formaggio
Uli Yeomans celebrates Chiara Lubich’s centenary with a simple Trentino dish.
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
A short poetry by Jim Deeds