“I am pleased to welcome you as the Emmanuel Community prepares to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the death of its founder, Pierre Goursat, whose cause for beatification was introduced last year.”

These words, spoken by Benedict XVI on 3 February last in a private audience, launch the investigation into a discreet and enigmatic figure who is at the origin of one of the most dynamic new communities. In meetings in France, Belgium, Brazil and Haiti, we discover from within the secret of the community that brings together all vocations, families, singles, priests and consecrated persons, for the same adventure: to announce that holiness is within everyone’s reach.

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