Church – Francis – Movements Category

Interview of Darío Ramírez, Venezuelan, a political refugee in Panamá • Darío Ramírez, a young Venezuelan legislator, surprised Pope Francis and his girlfriend when he proposed marriage on Sunday 27 August, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. The proposal happened during a private audience Pope Francis granted to eighty delegates from different countries, who were participating in the annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) in Rome.  It was a great surprise to see a picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt in the young Venezuelan’s hand. ThereRead More
SCHOENSTATTERS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Fr. Alexandre Awi, the new secretary for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life On 1 September, Fr. Alexandre Awi, a Schoenstatt Father from Brazil, who up until May this year was the National Movement Director for Brazil, officially took up his task as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Before starting his new job and after having spent several months in the house of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Trastévere, Rome, where he finished his doctoral thesis and studiedRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD: “Hey guys, Pope Francis wants to hear you” • I never imagined that life in seminary could be filled with so many unforeseen experiences and impressions. I’ve always admired seminarians – those who came to our parish for apostolic work, the few who returned annually for Christmas break, and even the ones who came to our school for retreats. They were the perfect people – or so I thought – committed to the gospel of Jesus with an undying resolution to live chaste in an unchasteRead More
PERÚ, Queca Espinoza and Manuel Huapaya • “I want to be God’s peasant and that is how I feel.” Making the words of the Apostolic Nuncio Bishop Girazolli his own, the new Bishop of Caravelí, Bishop Reinaldo Nann began his homily, but not before greeting and thanking his mother, Gerda Nann, his brothers, priest friends who came from Germany, and everyone present. Taking possession of the Prelature was celebrated on Tuesday, August 22, the Feast of Mary’s Coronation as Queen of Heaven, in St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral where theRead More
COSTA RICA, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On Thursday, August 24, we had the joy of welcoming Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Sisters of Charity for a visit at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. They brought blessed Rosaries and postcards with a picture of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which they affectionately distributed as a sign of gratitude for the invitation. They feel very united to Schoenstatt through the Unity Cross that St. Mother Teresa adopted for her congregation of Missionaries of Charity priests and forRead More
POPE FRANCIS • I fear those Christians who do not keep walking, but remain enclosed in their own little niche.  It is better to go forward limping, and even at times to fall, while always trusting in the mercy of God, than to be “museum Christians” who are afraid of change.  Even though they received a charism or vocation, instead of serving the eternal newness of the Gospel, they are caught up in defending themselves and their own roles.” A strong message from Pope Francis, along the lines of theRead More
COLOMBIA, Carlos Aranguren • On September 6 at 4:30 pm, Pope Francis will arrive in Colombia to begin a 4-day agenda of visits that include the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena. The Schoenstatt Youth from Bogotá will go with Sr. Amparo, their flags and t-shirts to Bolívar Square, where Francis will give a blessing from the Archbishop’s Palace, and then they will participate in the Eucharist that the Pope will celebrate in Simón Bolívar Park. There they will join a large group of the adult Branches also wearingRead More
POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS • Hurricane Harvey, which caused death, flooding and destruction in large parts of Texas, USA, not only dominated world news, but also the private conversations and social media of thousands of people. Possibly because the impact and strength of the wind and the amount of rain were far greater than anyone could have imagined. Moreover, it deeply shocked many Schoenstatters because the Shrine in Lamar near Rockport and the Schoenstatt Centre were damaged, seen in unconfirmed photographs circulating on Facebook (we have not published them because theyRead More
FRANCIS IN THE ANGELUS, schoenstatt.org editorial team • In a recent Sunday homily, the preacher (Fr. José Antonio Pagola, Spain) spoke about the “risk of settling down.” “Sooner or later, we all run the risk of becoming settled in life, seeking the comfortable refuge that allows us to live quietly, without any surprises or excessive worries, giving up all other aspirations. It is a time of searching for a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. A peaceful life in a happy atmosphere. Making the home a favourite refuge, a place to readRead More
GERMANY, Regina Heilig in Baden Online – Offenburger Tageblatt, Local Press Offentburg • On Monday, August 14, 2017, Deacon Matthias Buerkle and the new chaplain, Fr. Frederik Reith, celebrated the Feast of Mary’s assumption into Heaven with numerous believers at the Schoenstatt Branch Shrine near Zell-Weierbach. It is always very special, when the feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven is celebrated in the middle of the vines at the Schoenstatt Branch Shrine rather than the parish church in Weingarten.  The Mass was first held there on August 15, 2007, duringRead More