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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.
ITALY, rd/mda. On Tuesday, January 27th, at 4:00 p.m., in the Frascati Cathedral, Bishop D. Faffaello Martinelli conducted the official opening of the cause of beatification and canonization of Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement. The ceremony could be followed online.
mda. A quiet day this 20 January 2015, “without the thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, without cameras and transmission systems”, as Monsignor Peter Wolf, Rector General of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests, put it during his homily on 20 January in the Church of the Blessed Trinity on Mount Schoenstatt. He invited those present “to look back at the great days of the Jubilee” with the eyes of Fr Kentenich, “and to place them in the light of the Second Milestone”. The Jubilee showed that “the covenant of love is an overwhelming reality” – not as a teaching, but as experience and life.
SPAIN, Father Jaime Vivancos. For another year, the Schoenstatt pioneers and allies from Madrid organized a Christmas campaign that joined the pilgrims and families around the Shrines of Pozuelo and Serrano, and also the students and families of Colegio Monte Tabor [Mount Tabor School] with the goal of providing a ray of hope in the form of a box of food for Christmas to families and people, who are alone and who go daily to the social dining hall in Mósteles, a suburb of Madrid.
SCHOENSTATT, mda. In the Bonn Cathedral, a basilica built on the tombs of the martyrs Cassius and Florentius of the Theban Legion, there is a city manger; it represents the birth of Christ in a refugee tent with the city of Bonn in the background. It is there almost like a foreign presence like a challenge and a questioning the willingness of people to welcome refugees, Schumacher, the dean of the city, explained on the internet web page of the cathedral of Bonn. An angel holds a sign on high that is visible proclaiming the word “peace” in different languages. The figures surrounding this sign express different reactions. Many hurry to go to the manger, others look in awe asking themselves what the star over the city means.
mda. The funeral for Father Franz Bruegger, who died on January 8, 2015, will take place on Saturday, January 17, in Schoenstatt. Father Theo Breitinger, Provincial of the Sion Province, today sent the obituary which Schoenstatt.org makes available here. Father Brügger worked pastorally in many countries – Germany, India, Nigeria, USA, United Kingdom – and spent a sabbatical year in Chile. For Schoenstatt in England, Father Bruegger is the one who built up the Movement since the early seventies. We therefore gladly pass on some of the testimonies shared by the Schoenstatt Fathers in England. Additionally, there is a video – in English – showing Fr Bruegger sharing his impressions of Chile.
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