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TEAM 2014, Clemens Mann. When Father Stefan Strecker, a member of Central Team 2014, talks about the work that is currently carried out in the Pilgrims' Arena, his thoughts return to 1985. "I still carry that special time within me", Father Strecker said about the celebrations that were held for the centenary of the birth of Schoenstatt's founder, Father Joseph Kentenich. "The number of people who arrived at Schoenstatt on that occasion was incredible. Despite the weather, the atmosphere breathed in the then recently built Pilgrims' Arena was fascinating," Father Strecker affirmed. Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 pilgrims from more than fifty nations are expected on October 18th, when they will celebrate the 100 years' history of the Covenant of Love with Mary.
ROME, fides. The official web site for Pope Francis' trip to South Korea, on the occasion of the 6th Asian Youth Day, is already online. The Holy Father will carry out the third international pilgrimage of his pontificate from August 14th-18th, for this occasion a web- site was created that can be accessed and presently is in two languages: English and Korean.
Fr. Javier Arteaga. In life, when we are grateful it is because in our inner self we have recognized our need for others and, therefore, we ask for help. And this is a good starting point because this is our reality. We hear so much about personal independence and autonomy that we forget that we define ourselves more by our need for others in all orders (material and affective), than by quotas of absolute autonomy which we achieve. Independence converted in "God" is fulfilled with solitude (aloneness); on the contrary, the simple acceptance of our need for others is crowned, ultimately, with the companionship of others. That is the root and heart of "charity" and "solidarity."
GERMANY, Wolfang Fella. A small crown accompanied everyone, who arrived to the annual celebration at the Shrine of Marienhöhe in Würzburg, finally in the afternoon; it found its definitive place in shrine once again. During the morning Holy Mass on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Diocesan President, Father Achim Wenzel explained precisely why both the apostles had their place beside the altar. In the end, like rock and pilgrim they reflect the diversity within the Church and with this they are also an excellent image for the different members and projects of the Schoenstatt Movement.
FOR PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND, org. After the strong call issued last Sunday to continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land, the Holy Father personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmud Abbas on July 18th, to share his very serious concerns regarding the current conflict involving in particular the Gaza Strip which, in a climate of growing hostility, hatred and suffering for the two populations, is claiming many victims and giving rise to a serious humanitarian emergency.
ARGENTINA, red. In the June Covenant of Love Letter, Father Javier Arteaga, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Argentina, invited the Schoenstatt Family to “put on the jersey and to play this match” of the Schoenstatt Jubilee Year with passion. He invited them concretely to contribute to the Continental Collection to collaborate with the transmission of the events in Schoenstatt and Rome on October 18th. “Well then, today I write to you to express gratitude for the generosity and commitment you have demonstrated since we collected $28,305. Thank you very much!” he writes.
FRANCISCO – VOICES OF THE TIMES, org. Pope Francis' visit to Lampedusa was not a fleeting moment. He continues to call for solidarity towards refugees and immigrants. "In our changing world, the growing phenomenon of human mobility emerges, to use the words of Pope Benedict XVI, as a “sign of the times,” the Holy Father said in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. He recalled "how even the Holy Family of Nazareth experienced initial rejection," experiencing what thousands of refugees experience today. Once again, Pope Francis called for help for child immigrants and warns about the humanitarian crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico as a result of illegal immigration, in his message on 11 July, which was read on 14 July by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, His Holiness' State Secretary at the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development
ROME, Hans Zier. In the early hours of what was already a very sultry Roman morning on 28 June 2014, a group of pilgrims meandered over the narrow Ponte Sisto to Casa Pallotti, which is only a few meters beyond it. They were members of the General Presidium who had interrupted their four-day closed session at Belmonte to set out for the place of St Vincent Pallotti's activity. Each of the leaders of the Schoenstatt communities carried their own special intentions in their hearts, along with their concern for the new Centre at Belmonte, which is designed to offer a place of encounter between the worldwide Schoenstatt Movement in the heart of the Church and the universal Church. All were united in the joyful anticipation of their meeting with Vincent Pallotti and his spiritual sons.
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 29/07/2014 - 09:29 May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregivers; theirs is a precious service.
- 24/07/2014 - 10:40 When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.
- 22/07/2014 - 09:22 The great threat in today’s world is the loneliness of hearts oppressed by greed.
- 19/07/2014 - 10:00 The Lord loves a cheerful giver. May we learn to be generous in giving, free from the love of material possessions.
- 17/07/2014 - 10:00 The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.