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2015-03-05 05:35:40

Sarah-Leah Pimentel. The events that have taken place in Cape Town, South Africa over the last few days are a poignant starting point for our reflection in the third week of Lent. Devastating fires destroyed more than 4,000 hectares of natural vegetation along the mountain range in the southernmost tip of South Africa. The fire began unexpectedly in the night on a small section of the mountain near my house. Three days later, everywhere you looked all one could see was fire and billowing smoke. As the firefighters doused the flames and the smouldering embers died, the mountains looked more like a desolate lunar landscape than the home of the famous fynbos.

2015-03-05 04:57:56

ITALY, Gisela Ciola. Today is a day of celebration for me because today the Pilgrim MTA went out on her first mission! Therefore I am celebrating with great joy, and I want to wholeheartedly share this overflowing joy with all my Schoenstatt brothers and sisters; it is the first time I am sharing something this beautiful!

2015-03-05 04:13:43

LANDS OF AMERICA/ I met up with Buenos Aires’ Archbishop, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in Fall 2005 in Rome. When I phoned to ask him for an interview, he responded with affability, but also firmly, “I would prefer to avoid an interview, although we also can meet to talk.”

2015-03-05 04:06:21

PARAGUAY, org. The Bishop of the Diocese of Caacupé, Claudio Giménez, a Schoenstatt Father, asked the people to pray daily for the visit of Pope Francis, “the messenger of joy and of peace.” In the traditional Sunday Mass, Bishop Giménez spoke about the Holy Father’s visit in July. He asked the Paraguayan people to pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary daily, as a sign of hope for the important visit. Moreover he presented the name that the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference (CEP) affectionately gave to Pope Francis. We are going to treat the pope as “Messenger of joy and of peace when he comes here to Paraguay,” Bishop Giménez affirmed.

2015-03-04 14:37:13

SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Maria Fischer. The Schoenstatt Sisters at Constantia have been evacuated early in the morning of March 4, as firefighters are focusing their efforts on Noordhoek, Clovelly and Tokai this morning as well as assisting Groot Constantia residents evacuate as the flames fan out towards their doorsteps.  The massive blaze broke out in Muizenberg on Sunday, prompting evacuations from houses and retirement homes. Scores of people have also been treated for smoke inhalation this week. The entire mountain range south of Table Mountain is on fire…



2015-03-01 16:37:15

VATICAN/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, org. On the 24th of February 2015, Holy Father Francis appointed Father Andrés Napoleón Romero Cárdena as bishop of Barahona (area 6,973, population 396,270, Catholics 215,000, priests 28, permanent deacons 2, religious 54), Dominican Republic. The bishop-elect was born in Ramonal Arriba, Dominican Republic in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He holds a licentiate in philosophy and letters and in religious sciences from the Pontifical University Mater et Magistra, Dominican Republic, and in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including parish vicar, formator in the minor seminary and diocesan director for priestly vocations, professor of sacred scripture and research methodology, dean of the faculties of philosophy and theology, and formator at the St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical major seminary. He is currently parish priest of the Cathedral of Santa Ana in the diocese of San Francisco de Macoris. He has belonged to the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests since 1999.

2015-02-28 02:27:42

mda. Karl Leisner would have celebrated his hundredth birthday on 28 February (1915-1945). He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996. He had got to know Schoenstatt as a teenager, and during his theology studies was a member of a Schoenstatt group, one of whom was later the Bishop of Munster, Heinrich Tenhumberg. Throughout his life the few, but intensive, times of encounter with the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine remained the decisive milestones on the path of his vocation. During days of Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments for priests, which take place every year in the Marienau, Schoenstatt, during the carnival season, Fr Ernst Geerkens (85) introduced the 18 participants from various communities for Schoenstatt priests to a deeper encounter with Karl Leisner.

2015-02-26 10:31:36

ROME, Maria Fischer. One of Fr. Kentenich's dearest desires was that the Schoenstatt Movement, founded a hundred years ago in an unknown valley leading down to the Rhine River in Germany, should be present in the heart of the universal Church in Rome. In 1965 the leading representatives of the International Schoenstatt Movement promised their founder that they would build an international center in Rome. It took over forty years before this promise was realized and the International Schoenstatt Center in Belmonte, Rome, was finally built. Fr. Kentenich's expectations, for the MATRI ECCLESIAE Shrine, and Belmonte as a whole, found expression in the programmatic talks found in this book. Since mid-February 2015, the book, first published in October 2014 in print version, is available now also as an E-Book, in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Latest Pope Francis Tweets

  • 05/03/2015 - 08:30 If we are too attached to riches, we are not free. We are slaves.
  • 03/03/2015 - 09:00 The heart grows hard when it does not love. Lord, give us a heart that knows how to love.
  • 28/02/2015 - 11:00 Jesus intercedes for us each day. Let us pray: Lord, have mercy on me; intercede for me!
  • 21/02/2015 - 10:30 There is no sin that God cannot pardon. All we need to do is ask for forgiveness.
  • 20/02/2015 - 11:00 The Sacraments are the manifestation of the Father’s tenderness and love towards each of us.

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Pope Francis, Audience 25/10/2015

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