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The Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968, in the period following the Second Vatican Council. Today it is a movement of lay people and has more than 60,000 members, dedicated to evangelisation and charity, in Rome, Italy and in more than 73 countries throughout the world.  

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a "Church Public Lay Association". The different communities, spread throughout the world, share the same spirituality and principles which characterise the way of Sant'Egidio:

Prayer, is an essential part of the life of the community in Rome and communities throughout the world. Prayer is central to the overall direction of community life.

Communicating the Gospel,   is the heart of the life of the Community. It is offered to all those who seek and ask for a meaning for their life.

Solidarity with the poor, is lived as a voluntary and gratuitous service, in the evangelical spirit of a Church that is the "Church for all and particularly the poor" (Pope John XXIII)




Ecumenism, is  lived as  friendship, prayer and search for unity among Christians of the whole world.

Dialogue, was  recommended by Vatican II as a way of peace and co-operation among religions, and also a way of life and as a means of resolving conflicts.

The Community has as its centre the Roman Church of Sant'Egidio, from which the Community takes its name. From its very beginnings, the Community has maintained, in the area of Trastevere and in Rome, a continuous presence of prayer and welcome for the poor and for pilgrims. 






Its origin

The Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968, at the initiative of a young man, who was then less than twenty, Andrea Riccardi. He gathered a group of high-school students, like himself, to listen to and to put the Gospel into practice. The first Christian communities of the Acts of the Apostles and Francis of Assisi were the first reference points.
Icon of Pentecost
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome
True Portrait of Francis of Assisi
St. Francis' Crib, Greccio (Rieti)
The small group immediately began going to the outskirts of Rome visiting the slums, then crowded with many poor people, and they began an afternoon school (its name was "Scuola Popolare" -People's School-, nowadays "Schools of Peace") for children.
The slum near the Cinodromo, Rome, 1968
Since then the community has increased. It is now in more than 73 countries in 4 continents. The number of community members is also constantly growing. There are about 60.000 members as well as many more who are permanently co-operating in the service to poor people and in the various activities of Sant'Egidio without being part of the community in a strict sense. There is also a large number of persons reached by the various activities of service that the community performs.
The People's School


September 22 2015

Merciful in a merciless society: Sant'Egidio in Nigeria toward the Jubilee

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September 16 2015

Sant'Egidio in Hungary responds to the call of the Pope and welcomes refugees in transit through Budapest

A reception centre set up in the church of St. Peter Canisius, home to the prayer of the Community
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August 26 2015

The first training course "Long Live the Elderly!" of Central America in El Salvador

A reflection that opens new perspectives to meet the challenges of a changing society and combat the social isolation of the elderly
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August 9 2015

“SOUNDS FOR PEACE Music Contest – In the Jubilee of Mercy”

promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio is addressed to young musicians in more than 70 countries where the Community is present.
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July 30 2015

Sant'Egidio On the Road, the first stages of a journey in Calabria that knows how to welcome

The tour of solidarity continues, between meetings, prayers and assistance to migrants
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July 8 2015

Clothes and household utensils for the elderly of the villages in the district of Adjumani in Uganda

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