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 3, April 2002.

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REPORTAGE/ The proliferation of the spiritual communities on the Assisi's mount.

FAITH, SUBASIO AND CHARITY

Luana Cremasco
Alessia Schaiffini

Even the children of the Community Bethlehem Families, at Rocca Sant'Angelo, wake up early to pray before going to school. Here the constrast with the lifestyle of the big cities is clashing. Silence and peace makes it an ideal place for those who choose a life based on prayer, manual work and assistance of the poor. Far away from luxury and the many comforts. The community Bethlehem Families until some years ago did not even have electricity. Its fifteen members live in a big common stone-made house, without heating. They like to describe themselves "Centoniani", from the habit and precisely "centone" (hundred pieces) they wear, being sewed with patches. And Constance, the Indonesian wife of the founder Marcello Ciai, has sent all her eight children for years to school dressed in this way.

Also Marcello Ciai relies on internet. His "prophecies", once proclaimed in a loud voice along the streets of Assisi, now are being launched on the web.

The above mentioned is an extract of a reportage regarding the Community Families of  Bethlehem

 


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