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The Gospel Means Hope for the Economy, too

In the preface to the book «Potere e denaro» ("Power and Money"), edited by Michele Zanzucchi and published today, Pope Francis raises the question of the financial system's responsibility for the inequalities of the planet

by Pope Francis

Published in Corriere della Sera, 11/04/2018

Papa FrancescoThe economy is a vital component of every society. To a large extent, it determines the quality of life and even that of dying, it contributes to making human existence worthy or unworthy. Therefore, it occupies an important place in the Church's reflection, which looks upon men and women as people called to collaborate with God's plan also through work and through the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. For this reason, from the first weeks of my pontificate, I have had the opportunity to deal with questions regarding poverty and wealth, justice and injustice, sound and perverse finance.

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Equipment plea as farm school breaks new ground

IRISH volunteers who recently built a milking parlour in Africa are calling on Irish farmers to give the project an extra helping hand by donating farm equipment.

by Claire Fox

published in Independent.ie on February 23,2018

171227 Irlanda Burkina Faso 08 ridPaul Connolly, who is an optometrist in Cavan town, was part of a team of eight who travelled to Burkina Faso in West Africa in late December to build a milking parlour at the Complexe Agricole Temuwe farm school.

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Volunteers seek to build modern dairy farm in West Africa

Seven Irishmen and one brave girl travelled to Burkina Faso to practically help develop an EoC project: the cronicle from an Irish Newspaper

by Sean McMahon

published in Anglo Celt newspaper on 24/01/2018

171227 Irlanda Burkina Faso 08 ridCavan Volunteers together with people from neighbouring Counties have just returned from a highly successful trip to a farming community in far off West Africa. They used their skills in unison with the hard working local people to erect a dairy where milking equipment can be installed and the farmers there can evolve from subsistence farming to more advanced methods, which derive an income for them. They will be returning to West Africa to advance this enlighted project and are appealing for milking machine equipment donations.

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The Wall Street Journal - 26/01/2015

 Serving God and the Law at a Philippine Bank

by Gregory J.Millan

 published in The Wall Street Journal on January 26, 2015 6:00 AM ET

Teresa Ganzon BK ridTeresa Ganzon and her husband bought a controlling interest in Bangko Kabayan Inc. in 1989, when it had only one branch, and it now ranks as one of the biggest rural banks in the Philippines. Ms. Ganzon has faced the usual array of developing country business risks, but in an unusual way, because she is also a leader in the Economy of Communion, an international network of more than 800 businesses committed to putting into practice the Catholic social doctrine behind Pope Francis’s controversial comments about business and the economy.  In a press conference during his recent trip to the Philippines, the Pope condemned corruption, and even spoke of kicking corrupt officials “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Ms. Ganzon discussed with Risk & Compliance Journal how Bangko Kabayan has grown while doing business in a manner consistent with that doctrine, in one of the world’s more corrupt countries.

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The Wall Street Journal - 10/07/2014

Catholics in Business Wrestle With Pope Francis' Attacks on Capitalism  - 'If the Pope's Message Is Going to Be Effective, It Has to Be Realistic'

By Gregory J. Millman

published in The Wall Street Journal on July 10, 2014 2:26 p.m. ET

Logo WSJVATICAN CITY—Since his election last year, Pope Francis frequently has turned his attention to global business. "The economy can no longer turn to remedies that are a new poison, such as attempting to increase profits by reducing the workforce," he wrote In November.

Such comments, typical of this pope's statements, writings and even tweets, have Catholic executives struggling to remain faithful to their religion and loyal to their stockholders.

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Bruni visit to U.S.

Cultivating virtues and relationships: the key to happiness: Economist Luigino Bruni of the Economy of Communion in Freedom visits the U.S.

By Elizabeth Garlow

Elizabeth_Garlow_ridfrom Living City, December 2012

This past fall Dr. Luigino Bruni arrived in New York from Italy to launch his new book The Wound and the Blessing: Economics, Relationships and Happiness. On October 17-18, a mix of students, faculty and community enthusiasts assembled at Marist College and Fordham University to hear Bruni present important tenets of his book, namely the concept of “relational goods.” He proposed that relationships and community bonds are tangible economic “goods” that can be measured much like the production of goods and services, arguing that shared life experiences are of incredible importance for our happiness. 

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The meeting of Christian Churches and the views of the economist Luigino Bruni

Economy and Europe: No to the single model

Logo_SirThe Christian Churches of Europe convened in Brussels to discuss the challenges of social market economy, and to address major themes, namely, a highly competitive European economy in a globalized world, which at the same time is open to solidarity and social justice. The meeting took place in December 14. It was promoted by the European Commission, by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and by COMECE, the Commission representing the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. One of the central themes of the works was also youth unemployment, which was defined by the Churches as “an impending challenge i which involves all of Europe”.

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Who is my employee?

Business owners in Indiana work to love their employees as themselves

By Julie Mundell

from Living City, October 2012

Julie_MundellOur business is too small for a full-time office cleaner, so for the past few years my husband and I have used the services of an outside company for this work. Jennifer had been providing this assistance for about two years. We were happy with her work and with her rapport with our employees. We often exchanged family stories, including the ups and downs of being working moms. She and her family lived with her dad to share expenses, but she was saving to move out on her own. She was hard-working and cheerful at work, even when she unexpectedly became pregnant with her third child. She worked into her eighth month in order to maximize her leave-time with the new baby.

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Toward an EoC future

We spoke to Luigino Bruni, director of the Economy of Communion’s international commission, to get his sense of what’s next for the project’s development and growth

By Amy Uelmen

from Living City, October 2012

Amy UelmenRegardless of shifting generational trends, 21 is still a magic age, when we generally say someone is no longer a child. The Economy of Communion in Freedom (EoC) celebrates its 21st birthday against an economic and cultural backdrop sorely in need of adult-size perspectives and solutions.

This Focolare project illustrates the potential of a system of economic development based upon relationships of reciprocal giving and receiving. It embodies the conviction that human persons, as founder Chiara Lubich describes them, “find fulfillment precisely in loving, in giving.” 

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The Wound and the Blessing

Economics, relationships and happiness

By Emilie Christy

from Living City, October 2012

Wound_blessingI was intrigued by the title of economist Luigino Bruni’s latest book translated into English, The Wound and the Blessing. He quickly shows a strong link between the lack of human relationships in the current market economy and the lack of happiness both for individuals and the life of the community. He ponders the reality of fear in the Western world — a fear of opening up to others, of being wounded in meeting others — creating anonymous interactions that are easy to step away from or perhaps even abuse. 

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Fashion designer business

Fashion designer’s business plan put to the test

Betsy Garcete, CEO and founder of a fashion company specializing in women’s cocktail dresses, tells how putting relationships before profit helped build her business

By Erica Zolinas

from Living City, October 2012

Betsy_Garcete_ridAlthough Betsy Garcete, 25, found happiness after founding Zophia, a fashion company specializing in custom-made cocktail dresses, difficult financial times and internal business quarrels tested her newly formed business plan and threatened her company’s future.

The ideas behind Garcete’s business plan, based on values taken from the Economy of Communion, consist of being happy with your choices while doing good for others and focusing on face-to-face communication to better understand others.

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A world of work

Work and the economy — that rocky ground where anxiety, frustration, struggles and unemployment are common — takes in everyone. With Chiara Lubich, let’s examine the dignity of work and some ideas on establishing positive relationships in the workplace

By Chiara Lubich

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There is need to reaffirm the primacy of the human being over capital, property and structures, to create an ethical meaning of work that is mindful of the fact that “through work, people … achieve fulfillment as human beings,” as John Paul II said in Laborem Exercens.

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An appreciated internship

From the Czech Republic to the U.S. for the Economy of Communion

By Jakub Jurásek

from Living City, January 2012

Logo_InternshipIt was a Monday evening in August at Christian Park, Indianapolis, Indiana. As usual on Mondays after work, some of us from Mundell and Associates, Inc, an environmental consulting firm, met to play tennis. Normally, it was just us interns, but that day we had invited some of the company’s employees to join us, and we had a lot of fun. There were four of us: Francisco, an intern from Argentina, who lived with me during those months; Andy, an American, who was new to the company; Matt, also American, a scientist and environmental specialist; and me, an intern from the Czech Republic.

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Nature and relationships

Righting our relationship with nature

Nature and human development can coexist if love guides creativity and interaction. Then, are we ready and willing to change our lifestyle?

By Emilie Christy and Susan Kopp

from Living City April 2012

A 2011 gallup poll in the U.S. revealed that people’s concern for environmental issues has reached an all-time low — the widest margin in nearly 30 years. Everything has dramatically moved toward a pro-economy position, with 54% of Americans giving priority to economic growth over the 36% who continue to hold environmental protection as paramount. Contrast this with a similar poll done in 2000, where 67% were concerned with the environment and only 28% considered the economy a priority.

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The North American Association of the Economy of Communion supports Genfest 2012 in Budapest.

from Living City April 2012

Logo_Genfest_2012Its aim:  to inspire thousands of young people across the world to become builders of a bright future 
animated by a culture of giving.  www.genfest.org

Join our annual Economy of Communion Convention:

“Celebrating Twenty Years, Envisioning Pathways Forward.”

August 10-12, 2012 at Mariapolis Luminosa in Hyde Park, NY.

To learn more or to express interest in attending contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poverty solutions

Young people of the Economy of Communion take recommendations to the United Nations

By Elizabeth Garlow

from Living City April 2012

120203_new_york_onu01_ridTimely conversations on social development and the global economic crisis buzzed in the halls of the United Nations headquarters in New York from February 1–10 for the 50th session of the U.N.’s Commission for Social Development. The commission advises the U.N. on matters of social policy and is responsible for identifying ways to put people at the center of development.

This year’s session paid special attention to challenges faced by young people today. Youth unemployment taints the quality of life and social progress in both developing and developed countries.

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An economic system based on relationships

The Economy of Communion’s beginnings, principles and impact in America

By Thomas Masters and Amy Uelmen

from Living City, November 2011

The Focolare’s project for an Economy of Communion in Freedom (EoC) embodies the conviction that human persons, as founder Chiara Lubich describes them, “find fulfillment precisely in loving, in giving.” The EoC illustrates the potential of a system of economic development based upon relationships of reciprocal giving and receiving.

How the EoC began

As the Focolare spread throughout the world, people strived to meet the material needs of everyone in the community. Such needs, however, often outstripped resources. During a visit to Brazil in 1991, Chiara was moved by the circumstances of the people, including Focolare members, living in the shantytowns that surround Sao Paulo. Reflecting with the community on how to respond to these needs, the idea of launching a new economic model emerged. EoC businesses would generate jobs and commit to a three-part division of their profits: direct aid to people in need, educational projects to help foster a “culture of giving” and the continued growth and development of the business.

There are now 797 such businesses, most of them small and medium-sized; a few have more than 100 employees.

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Building bridges and crossing them

The first Economy of Communion Assembly in Brazil

By Elizabeth Garlow

from Living City, November 2011

Little did I know when I dove into the Economy of Communion project as an undergraduate student that I would become a part of an incredible network of students, academics, development workers and everyday individuals who look to base their economic and work lives on a “culture of giving,” rather than the dominant “culture of having” that often prevails in today’s society.

In fact, the witness of the EoC on how to harness the power of innovation and entrepreneurial activity to affect positive social change is ultimately what led me to work in my current field of microfinance, and to continue exploring avenues of entrepreneurship aimed at creating new structures to address widespread societal problems.

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Companies with a wider vision

According to the 2009-2010 EoC report, 797 businesses around the globe now follow Economy of Communion guidelines and principles. See online the list of some of those operating in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia and the Dominican Republic.

from Living City, November 2011

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Five Cs for the EoC

The view from LoppianoLab, a forum at one of the Economy of Communion business parks in Italy

By Maddalena Maltese

from Living City, November 2011

LoppianoLab is a multi-event forum where people share experiences about how the spirituality of the Focolare can contribute to the endeavors of the lay world. The Focolare spirituality is based on unity and is grounded in embracing separation and disunity with love. The second LoppianoLab conference, held September 16–18, covered the areas of business and the economy, with special attention given to the Economy of Communion, education, culture, medicine and the media.

With the background of the economic and political crisis that is affecting the world, the tremendously energetic LoppianoLab 2011 drew more people every day, imbuing people’s exchange of ideas with a powerful sense of hopefulness.

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This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.


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Presentation by Luigino Bruni to the Faculty of the Ateneo De Manila University. Manila, Philippines, September 23, 2011

Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

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The economy of giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

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