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Friendship with the poor

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Friendship with the poor
The third "work" typical of Sant'Egidio, fundamental and daily commitment since the very beginning, is the service to poor people, lived as friendship. The students of 1968 who began gathering around the Word of God, felt the Gospel could not be lived far from poor people: poor people as friends and the Gospel as the Good News for poor people. Thus the first service of the community began, when it was not yet named Sant'Egidio. It was called the "People's School" because it was not simply providing extra tutoring for drop-out children of the slums of Rome (like the "Cinodromo" shacks along the Tiber), but it was the beginning of a friendship between the rich and the poor. Since then, the people's schools multiplied, in Rome and in all the other cities where the community lives, with special attention to the most disadvantaged children in the most difficult situation.
In accordance with chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, this friendship widened to other poor people: physically and mentally disabled, homeless, foreign immigrants, terminally ill people; and to different situations: prisons, homes for old people, gypsy camps, refugee camps. Over the years a sensitivity towards non-traditional poverty developed, especially in European countries where, for example, old people remain alone even if they are wealthy.
Sant'Egidio identifies with those who are considered the least, considering them as brothers, with no exclusions. They are fully part of the family of the community. Wherever there is a community of Sant'Egidio, from Rome to San Salvador, from Cameroon to Belgium, from Ukraine to Indonesia, friendship and familiarity with poor people are always at the centre. There is no community, not even the youngest one, which is so small or weak that cannot help other poor people. It is the "widow's mite" which has great value for the Lord (Mk. 12: 41).

October 13 2016

A delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio meets the President of the Central African Republic Touadéra

Among the discussed topics: DREAM Programme, health and work for peace
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October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

Thanks to all who freely and voluntarily school children all over the world. The video of the School of Peace in Antwerp.
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September 1 2016

September 1st, memory of Saint Egidio. The Community that took his name give thanks in every part of the world

Monk who came to the West. He lived in France and became the father of many monks. The Community of Sant’Egidio, that took its name from the church dedicated to him in Rome, pray in his memory all over the world
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August 29 2016

Sant'Egidio in Nairobi to talk about peace, development and the right to care for all

A delegation of the Community took part in the sixth edition of the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development
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July 23 2016

The “School of Peace” for children, refugees from South Sudan is becoming better and enhanced

A great feast took place in Nyumanzi Refugees Settlement, near Adjumani, North Uganda for the inauguration of a new classroom block built by the Community of Sant’Egidio together with Arua Diocese.
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July 18 2016

The DREAM Center in Blantyre dedicated to the memory of Elard Alumando

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