ITALY, Pamela Fabiano. 11 October 1962. A solemn and dreamlike procession, such it was called by the newsmen of the time, moves across Saint Peter square at 8:30 in the morning. The entire Catholic Church comprising almost 2500 delegates begin their walk in search, under the guidance of John XXIII, to discuss and deepen the unchangeable doctrine to which every Christian has given assent, at a time when the world sought new ways to communicate the faith. With the Council of Vatican II the Church, as often happened in its millenarian history, seeks to accept the challenge of the times: to proclaim to all, Christians and not, the word of Christ in its long pilgrimage on the road of history, in divers ways but with an unchanged message identical to its beginning.
mev. The first Holy Mass "toward 2014" of the Year of the Missionary Current was celebrated in covenant with the "Men's Rosary" from Brazil, one of the apostolic projects in the field of "the incorporation of our original charism into the diocesan and universal Church" (Message 2014), which Father Heinrich Walter especially mentioned in his message for the opening of the third year of the triennium, the Year of the Missionary Current.
Quote of the Week. The path of the one who is sent is even today not the road to success. His or her path in this world is not the uncontested place of honour to the right or left. It was the same in the life of our Father and Founder. It is a path along which we have to learn that things don't go better for the servant than for his master; it is a path along which he has to learn to share the chalice with his master.
ENGLAND/WALES, Fr. David Musgrave. This story has several independent threads which inexplicably get drawn together. But before we proceed a few moments are needed to see the bigger picture. Contradictory to the outsider’s view the United Kingdom or Great Britain as it is sometimes called is not England but, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and many islands off the coast. In other words a number of different areas and regions each with its own distinctive culture, style and in the case of Wales even its own official language of Welsh, of Celtic origins pre-dating Roman occupation.
mev. “It is exciting to be here!” said one of the pilgrims from Chile, who was going to the Original Shrine on the afternoon of October 17th. Since very early there had already been much movement around the Shrine to ensure that every detail of preparation for the Vigil was completed.
I am very close to St Peter's grave and am looking onto St Peter's Square as I greet you all over the world. Our Holy Father has invited me to take part in the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation for Passing on the Christian Faith. That is why I cannot be in the Original Shrine today. It is a sign from Providence that we are able to unite our shrines in this way with the great Cathedral of Christendom here in Rome. Our mission is the mission of the Church. We want to serve her with our charism so that through the working of the Holy Spirit the Church may be given new vitality. That is the greatest objective so far of the Synod Fathers. Some speak of a new Pentecost. That should also be our concern.
Fr. Andrew Pastore. With only 730 days missing for the great Covenant Pilgrimage of October 18, 2014, a new edition of the official 2014 newsletter "Towards 2014" has been sent out. It is also available as pdf, and in the following languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and English.
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mev. On Saturday, October 13th – the last Saturday of the Year of the Shrine Stream – the Holy Mass toward 2014 was celebrated in covenant with the “Night of the Shrine.” This project belongs to the youth field, one of the five strategic fields discerned by Conference 2014 “to prioritize and improve our apostolic work at this point in time…the challenges and dynamism of the youth.” (Message 2014).
org. The Year of Faith – year of the New Evangelization – was opened today (October 11), a year proclaimed by the Holy Father “ to provide a renewed drive in the mission of the entire Church to lead all people out of their desert – a place in which many are found – towards the place of life, friendship with Christ who gives us life in abundance,” a year dedicated to the service of the New Evangelization. It is precisely in moments like this when one thinks of how to transmit the good news, the Gospel, to the modern man, from the most sophisticated intellectual person to the most simple agriculture worker, in old and in new societies and nations. It is in this milieu that Schoenstatt opens the Year of the Missionary Current in preparation for the jubilee of the Covenant of Love, offering a Covenant culture in several concrete social, missionary, pedagogical, pastoral, youth and family projects.
mev/org. All over the world the Schoenstatt Family is approaching the third year of intensive preparation for the Jubilee of the covenant of love: the Year of the Missionary Current. Fostering spiritual currents, which the 2009 Conference in preparation for 2014 recognised with great clarity and surprising unanimity, was one of the major aims for the Triennium. By placing a greater emphasis on one of the three main spiritual currents, the three years were envisaged as a time in which the members would work in a distinctive way with such currents, so that they could develop an infectious dynamism that would almost "automatically" bring forth new apostolic initiatives and inner renewal.