New Humanity Movement

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News

newsYou will find here in this virtual showcase, the updates and news from all over the world on the various initiatives for the CityFest. New and old experiences clearly show us how much the Ideal of universal brotherhood, when lived in the life of a small or big community, is creative, stimulating, answers to situations sometimes without solutions.  It is a city for every man, with a vision towards the unity of all peoples.

What are you doing that for?

A question that often comes up when you live in less advantaged parts of town where commitment to build a better city becomes a challenge, especially with yourself. This touching story is a dramatically relevant experience regarding the commitment of adults and the disarming innocence of young people.

Eleana Pace - Palermo, Italy

I belong to the ‘Legal Commission’ of the school in Palermo where I teach.
There’s a very good relationship of respect between us teachers, which has helped us in a context of disastrous neglect, with classrooms scarred by broken doors, smashed desks, gaps in the walls, filthy stairways. There were outbreaks of vandalism and unacceptable violence during the year, which, since they went unpunished, led to an ever worsening climate of bullying on the one hand, and of hopeless resignation by others.

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The Island of Santa Terezinha

santa terezinhaThat strip of land was once called ‘Hell’s Island’. Now, after years of practical social commitment by members of the Focolare Movement in Brazil, it has become a success story; the greatest conquest has been giving back to its people their dignity.

Ed Johnson – Recife (Brazil)

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The art of being an assistant

The need for beauty in the corridors of a hospital.  Maria Chiara Tortotella’s experience helps her entire class of nursing students to discover the unwanted aspects of a demanding profession yet at the same time quite creative.

By Maria Chiara Tortotella from Naples (Italy)


I went to a meeting of the Focolare Movement where they talked about beauty as something that every person needs.  I thought about my lessons, about all the students in my Bachelor of Nursing course, on the theories of needs, the need to be a fully committed nurse towards a sick person. I realised that up to that stage, among all the many needs that exist, there was also another one that I had never considered before: the need for beauty.  It was a gap I felt I had to fill.  I talked about this with my other Focolare friends who share the same Ideal of universal brotherhood.  This “sharing” became the hidden motor of what eventually came about.

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The tree and the hammer

A “colourful” apartment in Italy where ethnic people with various customs confront one another.  And if ink can become gloomy, Rosanna’s confidence in spite of the difficulties she faced, succeeds and receives the appreciation of everyone.  It is an entire apartment block that is transformed.

By Rosaria Vicalvi from Ancona (Italy)


I live in a suburb in Ancona, where a lot of foreigners live. The impact of this new dimension in our city, for us locals who have lived here for many years, has been very hard.

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Light can shine in a prision too

carcereThe experience of a group of catechists in the West African country of Benin.Thanks to the patient and continuous work of understanding, and especially of listening, many situations can be resolved. And the greatest victory is the painful regaining of inner freedom.

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Social Ethics

There is a bond between spirituality and social commitment that is summed up in ethics: the spiritual elevation of the individual guides it to responsible action in every environment. In the Gospel and in the Scared Books of the other religions there exists the so called Golden Rule, “Do to others what you wish others will do to you”: here is the proposal for a public set of ethics that is easy to translate into the ethics of history.

Health: Person, Environment

Thinking of “the common good” by thinking first of the well-being of the individual is a sure way of finding previously unimagined solutions, but also for sharing ideas and proposals to better the quality of life in our cities, even from the ecological point of view. From the global to the particular, the commitment to health and psychophysical well-being generates a good life which is part of a better society.

Social Harmony and Art

There is a profound relationship between space and society: the quality of the environment in which we work, live and relax also has a decisive influence on the kind of relationships and therefore on the quality of life of every person. Looked at from the angle of fraternity, human relationships and the inhabitants’ need of beauty can point to solutions and ideas that will have the whole person at the center and therefore ”furnish a house” that is good for all.

Education and Culture

The human and cultural formation both of the individual and of society is a fundamental richness for society. If fraternity is a way of thinking and acting seen from the pedagogical aspect, it can propel a united model of research that will bring out the direct relationship between theory and practice, between words and concrete life. This is because the idea of the common good also depends on the idea of the person who is being referred to.

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