New Humanity Movement





From February 12 to 16 2014, the secretariats of the New Humanity Movement in the world will gather at Castel Gandolfo (Rome) for their annual meeting. It will be a decisive moment to collect the results of the work of the last year and have a look to the future. The presence of Maria Voce

On February 12 at Castel Gandolfo opens the annual conference of the secretariats of the New Humanity Movement in the world. Over 200 participants from all over Italy, Europe with representatives of the five continents are expected.

This year the focus will be on the world of health, sport and environment. 2013 was indeed full of initiatives around the world that led the leaders of the New Humanity Movement to work together with all the other members of the Focolare Movement in favor of those that Pope Francis has referred to as "existential suburbs."

What kind of answer can universal brotherhood, declined in all its aspects and in social actions,  give to all the problems that exist in the spaces of our cities?

In a program which consists of in-depth spiritual and cultural analysis, as well as sharing of experiences and good practices, the participants will try and answer this question. A central moment will be the participation of Maria Voce, president of the Focolare, scheduled for Thursday, February 13.

There is an African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others". This is precisely the meaning of the story of Achille Biffumbu, Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo), initiator of a project to train young people of the villages in his region for the cultivation of land and the conservation of the environment. His work, which also involves some international NGOs and the community of the neighbouring villages, is having a significant impact on the population of the area from the point of view of ethics, education, employment, and therefore, also social. Inspired by the ideal of universal brotherhood and a deep professional competence, dr. Biffumbu is favoring a credible model for sustainable development of his city, which is replicable in other parts of the country.

On the other hand, Anne Marie Diggins, Australian physician, will tell how she managed to create a clinic in the north of the city of Melbourne which has a peculiarity: it is open to the specific treatment of the Aboriginal people, who for their history and culture have always been marginalized and isolated, and therefore, have great difficulties in accessing any kind of medical treatment.

Participants at the meeting will also work for groups to identify what are the main ecological, environmental and social challenges in their countries, seeking together to identify a way to address them.

The meeting will end Sunday, February 16, with a memory of Igino Giordani, co-founder of the Focolare Movement, a pioneer in the social commitment of the Focolare Movement.

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