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Speaking of Our Origins: Interview with Pepe Aravena, from Chile, on the Emmaus International movement

On 24th May 1969, the first World Assembly of Emmaus groups took place at the Federal Parliament in Bern, Switzerland. This was a founding event for Emmaus International, with the adoption of the Universal Manifesto. Exactly 50 years later, over 180 representatives of Emmaus International from 4 continents met at the same location, including the "veterans" of Emmaus International who have been part of the movement since the very first World Assembly. In our series “Speaking of Our Origins”, we will hear from key figures and custodians of the memory of our movement who, based on their own experiences, tell us about the early days and the development of Emmaus International.

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"Peru is greater than its problems"

Juan Melquiades, Vice-President of Emmaus International, and his group Aguilas Emaus Piura explain the political crisis in Peru and their mobilization.

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The second-hand bookshop of Emaus Murcia, Libros Traperos, awarded by the Spanish newspaper La Verdad

The Spanish regional newspaper La Verdad has awarded seven companies and institutions with the prize of "environmental sustainability". The second-hand bookshop Libros Traperos, opened by Emmaus Murcia two years ago in southern Spain, is one of them. It is the largest solidarity bookshop in the region.

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Abbé Pierre's speech, Namur - 1984

From 4 - 6 October 1984, Emmaus International organised its 5th General Assembly in Namur, Belgium, based on the theme ‘Emmaus today’ the presence of young people in the movement and ‘the new poor’ in the so-called ‘developed’ countries. In his opening speech, Abbé Pierre discusses the changes in society and the necessary ways the movement must adapt. In this extract, he speaks more specifically about the development of ‘free time’ and the best way to use it.

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"We need to listen and learn from those we have denigrated and continue to marginalize."


During these important days for the United States in the midst of a presidential election, Julia Demaree, the former director of Emmaus Harlem and a member of Emmaus H.O.M.E. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) shares her feelings about her country. She writes to us from Maine, where she works in the handicraft workshops at Emmaus H.O.M.E.

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