Communion Through the Net

The Economy of Communion´s International Site Grows!

Communion Through the Net

By Antonella Ferrucci
From "Economy of Communion - a new culture" N.30 - December 2009


N30_Antonella_FerrucciLast August 13, our website completed one year from when the renovated version went online. It was a small goal that we celebrated with those who have concretely collaborated and made the site a powerful instrument to spread the Economy of Communion.

Yes, because in this year, many relationships have been built, and results have been reached together.  We began timidly, having a renovated site but one that basically proposed the same content as the previous site. Then, a little at a time, the first pieces of news began arriving from the USA, from Slovakia, from Sicily... The event postings followed one after another, as did the first registrations on the site. Also, it has to be said that registering did not give any particular benefits. It was more like a sign of affection and appreciation for these pages that were “blossoming”.


N30_Toms_LanzillottaRight away, we were faced with the problem of the translations. The base site is in Italian, but it was set up to be translated into many languages (today, there are five); each piece of content inserted needs to be translated into every language. If this scared us at the beginning, and we held back in publishing new content, little by little, we tried to involve people who are passionate about the EoC who felt that inner push to contribute to the EoC firsthand.

N30_Joao_CambaoThe content management system that acts as a base for the site is called Joomla!. It allows various people to contemporanously work on the site´s pages, posting new content and translating it directly on the site by following a few simple instructions. The potential of this system is evident. Thanks to this set-up, over time (but was already like this!), news arriving from all over the world could be inserted directly from the country of origin with the help of local correspondents.

N30_Ramon_CervinoOn of the beautiful things about the EoC is its internationality. Taking advantage of the benefits of the web today, it´s really possible to provide the world with news about the “life” of the EoC and its fruits, almost in real time. This brings joy and hope, and helps everyone´s commitment grow. It was beautiful to see how the translators that were proposed made themselves available to update the site in their own languages.


The relationships began simply and have become true and proper experiences of “communion”. Considering that each translator already has another main job and that translations are done in scraps of free time, the idea came about to involve more people, starting groups of collaborators according to language. For example, the “Spanish” language group´s experience is very beautiful: the EoC has strong roots in Latin America but is also very active in Spain. The group of translators created includes Argentinians, Peruvians and Spanish.

A “trans-atlantic” group is also beginning for the Portuguese language, with similar workings. Translated texts are revised together to find that translation which has greater possibility to sound natural to all.


And translating, more than a job, is an “art”... in fact, the goal is that of finding phrases that flow, that tempt readers to keep reading. It´s important to avoid translations that are too literal and which require greater effort by the reader. So, they might need to change the structure of a phrase, all the while respecting the authors meaning and style. It is the art of transmitting the “soul” of a text and not only the “body”.

What drives these people to deepen their commitment towards the EoC, freely, giving up hours of sleep or relaxation? Before everything, the awareness of participating in a large-scale, prophetic project. There´s also the enrichment that comes from reading many texts and news items about the EoC from all lover the world. One of them said, “Translating texts that have been written in far-away places, from the Philippines to the United States, from Brazil to Belgium – you see the same life everywhere.  There might be particular nuances, but there is always the golden thread that allows you to find yourself in the experience of the other.

The EoC translators even have a “patron”: St. Joseph. Actually, our translators are a little like him. Their work is humble N30_Francisco_Herreraand hidden. Someone who reads a translated article thinks about the ideas, the author. No one asks themselves who did the translation, but without this... they wouldn´t be able to understand.

The site has also become an instrument for “finding EoC”, the people of the EoC and starting to make the experience. One Peruvian economist who wanted to know more about the EoC made contact through the site, and he immediately participated in the Latin American EoC Congress last April, in O´Higgins. He wrote us N30_Maria_Julia_Pintoabout the effect that the congress had on him: “I want to thank you with all of my heart for having been able to participate in this marvelous experience of communion lived in Argentina” – an experience that, without the site, would not have been possible to make.

The latest from is the newsletter begun in mid-September. Every two-weeks, on Thursdays, the newletter is sent to everyone who has registered on the site. All it takes is registering yourself on the homepage. There are now nearly 500 people signed up. The newsletter contains all the new items, appointments and updatings, and it´s like an invitationi to visit the site.

Therefore... whoever has not yet registered, please do, and... happy navigating on!

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