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by Aaron Peiffer May 17, 2013
On the Wednesday following Easter I had the privilege of attending the papal audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square. Much to my surprise I had received a green ticket the previous day at the offices for the Pontifical North American College which gave me access to the seating nearest to the pope at the top of the grand stairs in the shadow of St. Peters. I had been forewarned to not expect orderly queues like back in the states, but I did not fully appreciate the import of his advice until various pilgrim groups began to amass themselves haphazardly around the security entry! Somehow I ended up with a seat about forty feet to the left of Pope Francis and six rows from the front.
by Armando Gutierrez April 27, 2013
What happens at night in our neighborhood (Porvenir Bajo, in Valparaiso, Chile)? From what I witness outside of my window: the door of Juanita´s corner store are shut, the lamppost light up like candles, and our playground lays silent. It is nothing out of the ordinary. But our hearts have a thirst that goes beyond what we perceive from our window. Somewhere in the night someone cries for compassion, for a presence, for friendship.
by Emily A. March 30, 2013
A few months ago, I became friends with a man who had dramatically marked my views on life and on my mission here. Let’s call him C. C was born into a rich family in the mountains of Paraguay, and spent more than a few decades of his life like St. Augustine. That is to say: a lot of alcohol, money, and women. Eventually he wound up here in Buenos Aires and spiraled downward into deep poverty . . .
By Gonzague Leroux March 22, 2013
Encounter with Chef Christophe Bonnegrace
At 14 years of age, Chef Christophe Bonnegrace, a native of the French Riviera, hated school; he did not want to go anymore. He loved cooking with his grandmother but when his mother offered him an apprenticeship in cooking, he replied without missing a beat: "Cooking! It is for girls." Today, with international experience, he is head chef at La Villette in the "Village" in New York and has entered the prestigious list of "Best Chefs America 2013."
Friday, March 7, 2012
On the International Women's Day, LoC gives voice to two extraordinary women: the first one comes from a very prestigious and wealthy family in both business and cultural circles, the second is from Ecuador, lives in a small, two-room home and is extremely poor. However, both portraits pay hommage to the courage and dignity of women. In the midst of all the bombs, hatred, fear, misery, and suffering, they bring HOPE through music and simple love.
by Dr. Matthew Sutton September 14, 2012
Mysticism, spirituality. Reading time: 4 min.