it is with pleasure that I present to you all this first issue of VitaPiù in this new decade. The year 2020 opens with sentiments of gratitude for the continual attitude of listening and sharing that the Canossian Family has offered over the last few months, reflecting and preparing to welcome the new path ahead in view of the XVII General Chapter of the Institute. This important appointment – an event not only of the Institute but also of the Church too – is upon us. We know the theme well: “Women of the Word loving without measure. Reconfiguration to a life of holiness in and for the mission today.” So we have chosen for this first issue of Vita Più of 2020 to delve into the meaning of being “Women of the Word”. We have asked five people to help us deep- en this expression. Five “voices from the world”, five precious contributions regard- ing the figure of Mary Magdalen, “feminine genius “ in the Church, the beauty of the Word through the woman who nurtures life and the witness of two people coming from South America and the Far East, regarding what it means to live one’s faith coherently and with courage, today as a woman. In our interview with the Canossian world, we asked ourselves how the Canossian family presents itself on the eve of the Chapter. How our communities are involved in the intercultural challenge? Which new wine and prophecy are beginning to spring forth for the future? This future is the main protagonist of this issue, together with the Ten Challenges for the 2020s and the coming phases of the Church’s journey, together with Pope Francis. Finally, the usual columns and the photographic page as a tribute to every woman.
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