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VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • They had met before, and at that time it also had to do with serving young prisoners. It was in July 2015 on the banks of the river at Asuncion when Fr Pedro stood on a podium with Pope Francis and a young prisoner from the Youth Prison in Itaugua. Now Pope Francis and Fr Pedro Kühlcke have met again in the Vatican at the close of the International Congress on “Integral Human Development and the Catholic Prison Pastorate” for regional and national leaders of theRead More
EL SALVADOR, Lee Aguiñada  • In El Salvador, we celebrated October 18th, Covenant Day, with much joy, but above all with great faith. We have many reasons to be thankful and happy. 2019 was one of the most important years in our history because we laid the foundations for the strengthening of Schoenstatt in the country and throughout Central America. — Father José Luis Correa Lira, the adviser that is shared throughout the region, has in recent years taken on the task of structuring and organizing in the best possibleRead More
Nicaragua
NICARAGUA, Fr. José Luis Correa/Maria Fischer • “In the context of the Amazon Synod, Pope Francis remarked: “Jesus did not come to bring the evening breeze, but to bring fire to the earth.” Today’s Covenant Day reminds us that the decisive steps in Schoenstatt’s growth did not take place in the evening breeze, but in the harsh climate of the First World War, as well as in the Dachau and Milwaukee periods. Should we be afraid of the harsh climate?” said Bishop Michael Gerber on October 18th in Schoenstatt. ThereRead More
Panamá
PANAMA, Fr. Jose Luis Correa • Fr. José Luis Correa was in Panama for a few days around October 18th, days that became “Covenant Days” because several groups had prepared to seal their Covenant of Love. — On October 29th, the Young Professional Women from Panama sealed their Covenant of Love in the parish church of San Francisco de La Caleta. This parish was the spiritual center of Schoenstatt and “home” of the Schoenstatt Youth during the World Youth Day in January last year in Panama; its pastor is MonsignorRead More
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • In a video almost 5 minutes long, the anniversary of the first Schoenstatt Shrine in Spain is made available to all of Schoenstatt, so that the gratitude remains alive for this blessing and grace for Schoenstatt in Spain, in which some could participate. —   The video, which summarizes the Golden Jubilee of the Shrine in Pozuelo near Madrid, was produced by Benji Arizu, the son of a couple from the first course of the Family Federation. Original: Spanish 02.11.2019 Translation: Lindsay Burger, Ohio, USARead More
BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff • On October 23, the headlines in Bolivia predicted complicated days for the country. The city of Santa Cruz was completely blocked in protest by civilians, but the Schoenstatt Family of Santa Cruz proved once again that God’s plans are precise: Our human powers can plan many things, but he is the one who knows the perfect moment. — The Committee for Liturgy and Contributions to the Capital of Grace had planned the reception of the picture of the Blessed Mother that came from Bellavista, Chile. TheyRead More
SPAIN, Javier Gonzalez, COPE – Religion Editorial Office • Almost two thousand people around a Marian shrine that was used a hundred years ago as a warehouse. The Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in Pozuelo de Alarcón is a replica of that small abandoned chapel in Germany where the Movement was born more than a hundred years ago. A birth that came from the hands of a priest and a small group of young people who one day only dreamed that what had happened would happen. —   ARead More
CHILE, Patricio Young •  In Chile we find ourselves in a decisive moment of our national history. The ground has broken away from under our feet; we are aghast at what is happening on the streets of our country. We have seen demands being made from all sides. The young people from the upper classes, who are being interviewed on TV, express their solidarity with the demonstrators, saying that their privileges cause them pain and that is why they are also joining the demonstrators.— Today there seems to be generalRead More
VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Pamela Fabiano and Maria Fischer • From 7 to 8 November 2019 an international meeting is taking place in the rooms of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on “Integral Development and a Catholic Prison Pastorate”. Fr Pedro Kühlcke from Paraguay, a Schoenstatt Father, has been invited to attend this meeting, which is dealing with the challenge of tackling the penal system. For years he has been working in the pastoral team of a young offender institution, and for three years with “Casa Madre de Tuparenda”. This isRead More
CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno • Looking at the social crisis and the violence Chile is experiencing, Fr Juan Pablo Rovegno based his Sunday sermon on 20 October on the Gospel account of the widow looking for justice. He noted that the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile is “a body that is aware of people’s concerns, takes up their needs, creates possibilities and makes others its favourite concern and occupation.” It is a subject not just for a country in flames, like Chile; a subject raised long ago by Chile’s youngRead More