OSV: New York Encounter explores life's deepest questions

Posted 1/28/15 by OSV Newsweekly:

New York Encounter explores life’s deepest questions With its theme of ‘In Search of the Human Face,’ festival aims to connect visitors’ shared experiences

by Brittany L. Higdon, OSV Newsweekly

 Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley and other visitors walk through an exhibit entitled “I am Exceptional: The Millennial Experience” on Jan. 17 at the New York Encounter. Photo courtesy of Emily Marsolek

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley and other visitors walk through an exhibit entitled “I am Exceptional: The Millennial Experience” on Jan. 17 at the New York Encounter. Photo courtesy of Emily Marsolek

For the past six years during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, thousands of participants and hundreds of volunteers have gathered in the heart of Manhattan for the annual New York Encounter. The cultural festival and exposition is implemented largely by members of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. 
Each year, the theme is borne from what is believed to be most salient in current times. This year’s theme, “In Search of the Human Face,” attempted to answer the many questions about identity in modern society though various discussions, concerts, presentations and exhibits. “We attempt to look at reality and understand what is relevant as human beings,” said Riro Maniscalco, president and one of the founders of the New York Encounter.

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