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ROME, mda. “The shrine of all of us”, the MATRI ECCLESIAE shrine at the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte, is the only shrine in the world that was given jars by many countries and shrines as an expression of their contributions to the capital of grace. This happened on the day of its dedication on 8 September 2004. The jars in the Belmonte shrine are repeatedly exchanged in order to be more closely united with the country or shrine that gave them. Shortly after the election of Pope Francis there was a jar “from the other side of the world” in the shrine, a most beautiful jar with the symbol of grapes and wheat and the inscription “Rosario”. It is the jar given by the Schoenstatt Family in Rosario, Argentina, to the Belmonte shrine. On 2 February, in the year when the promise to build an International Schoenstatt Centre turns 50, this jar has to stand in the shrine again. This is because Rosario, and the whole of Argentina, is giving the shrine of all of us not just a jar, but also a new Rector. On 2 February Fr Daniel Lozano will be inaugurated as the new Rector.
VATICAN, rd. After installing restrooms and showers for the homeless beneath Saint Peter’s colonnade, Pope Francis now has gone and surprised everyone in Rome with a barbershop for the poor.
ARGENTINA, Lilita and Carlos Ricciardi/mda. The Misiones Familiares [Family Missions] of La Plata began on Saturday, January 24th. Before departing for Magadalena, the place of mission 2015, the families and youths in the Shrine of La Plata bid farewell praying for the blessing of the Blessed Mother, the great missionary, so that the missions become a place of encounter with one another in Jesus.
VATICAN, aciprensa. The Paraguayan couple, Víctor and Stella Domínguez, traveled to Rome from January 22nd-24th to participate in the International Congress of Family and Life Movements, Groups and Associations with the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World,” where they shared their experience in the pastoral for divorced people in a new relationship.
ARGENTINA, Mónica Jendrzejczyk. Bishop Eduardo García chose this scripture, “And I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” [2 Corinthians, 12:15] as a motto when he was installed as bishop for the Diocese of San Justo on Sunday, December 14th, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. For the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign of the diocese, this motto is a strong inspiration for its missionary work for 2015. “It is our desire at the beginning of 2015 that we can resemble this motto in the same way,” they said.
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas. Dear readers of Schoenstatt.org, allow me to share a beautiful story with you that took place last weekend in a small place near Madrid (Spain).
mda. Those who attended the early Mass in the Original Shrine on 29 January 2015 were the first to hear the news of the unexpected death – possibly as a result of a heart attack – of Hildegard C. Hug, graphic artist and co-founder of Schoenstatt-tv. Fr Egon M. Zillekens, who was the celebrant at this Mass, which he offered up for her, was informed by Hildegard’s brother, Johannes M. Hug, a Brother of Mary.
PARAGUAY, dequeni. Just like every year, Dequení is carrying out Colonias de Vacaciones [Vacation Colonies] in the projects, so that children can occupy their free time during this season with dance, sports, and computer science. There is time for games and entertainment for the youngest ones with support from the kindergarten teachers.
Latest Pope Francis Tweets
- 31/01/2015 - 09:30 A credible witness to truth and to the values of the Gospel is urgently needed.
- 29/01/2015 - 09:30 True love does not pay attention to the evil it suffers. It rejoices in doing good.
- 27/01/2015 - 11:00 Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples.
- 24/01/2015 - 09:24 Practicing charity is the best way to evangelize.
- 22/01/2015 - 12:00 Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife
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