Church – Francis – Movements Category

Happy Easter 2019 • Human history does not end before a sepulchral stone, because today it discovers the “living stone” (cf. 1 Pet 2:4): the Risen Jesus. We as Church are founded on Him and, even when we lose heart, when we are tempted to judge everything on the basis of our failures, He comes to make things new, to overturn our disappointments. Tonight each one is called to find in the Living One the one who removes the heaviest stones from the heart. First of all, let us askRead More
FRANCE, Maria Fischer • Monday 15 April, Monday of Holy Week. Pictures and the news spread around the world when, about 7 p.m., flames from an infernal fire threatened one of the most emblematic cathedrals of France, Europe, and the whole Church: Notre Dame, Paris, was on fire. Not only did Catholics suffer shock and pain, but also other Christians, people of other religions and atheists united in a solidarity of sadness and helplessness as they witnessed the medieval treasure, the history of an entire people and a place fullRead More
POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer with material from ACIprensa • With prisoners once again. His favourites. The most forgotten and abandoned. During the afternoon of 18 April at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the foot-washing ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis urged the faithful to always be “brothers in service” as Jesus taught his apostles, and to put aside the ambition to dominate the other. As we meditate on the gesture and message of Pope Francis, we think of all the prison ministry projects within our SchoenstattRead More
CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, National Director • Perhaps now more than ever, Schoenstatt is suffering – within the Universal Church, with her and like her – from one of its deepest crises in the face of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience. The Church and the Movement in Chile are the most affected, with senior representatives having been condemned by Pope Francis and the justice authorities. We publish a text by the Movement director that calls for deep interpretation and conversion. —   “As a family,Read More
COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer, José Alejandro Martínez What did the Secretary General of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life do on his birthday?  Fr. Alexandre Awi de Mello turned 48 last January 17, 2019.  He began the day flying from Panama to Costa Rica since he had the desire to be able to celebrate the 18th with “his” Boys Youth from Brazil (the same group to which he had been advisor for many years), and with the rest of the world-wide Schoenstatt youths who were gathered at that timeRead More
DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, Gianfrancesco Romano • At a time when opposing extremism sows division and results in the deaths of believers of different religions, Mary can be an important point of contact and reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. And it’s more than just a remote possibility: the Mother of Jesus, also venerated in Islam, is already bringing together people of different faiths and creeds in a single devotion and a fraternal climate. A beautiful testimony comes from Lebanon, a multi-religious country even at its institutions, where the Constitution establishes a subdivisionRead More
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GERMANY, Maria Fischer • During a solemn Pontifical High Mass in the packed  Fulda Cathedral on Sunday, 31 March 2019, Bishop Dr Michael Gerber (49) was inaugurated into his office as spiritual leader of the Diocese of Fulda by the competent Metropolitan, Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker (Paderborn). Two thousand people took part in the Mass in and around the Fulda Cathedral, among them many members of the Schoenstatt Movement in the diocese of Fulda and from all over Germany and beyond. Schoenstatters from Austria, Bolivia, USA and Argentina followed the ceremoniesRead More
VATICAN, Pamela Fabiano • Peace be with you: the Holy Father’s trips on the road to peace in the world. Where do we, as Schoenstatters, begin to foster a culture of peace? — Pope Francis’ 28th international trip on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, is to Morocco. This papal trip to Africa is “in continuity” with the one Pope Francis took to the United Arab Emirates in February, a few months after the adoption in Marrakesh of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, to meet with theRead More
COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH POPE FRANCIS • Pope Francis wanted to express his closeness to the Islamic community in New Zealand, who was shaken by a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch last Friday, 15 March, in which 49 people were killed. “In these days, in addition to the pain of wars and conflicts that do not cease to afflict humanity, there have been the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand,” Pope Francis said during the Angelus on Sunday 17 March in St. Peter’sRead More
YOUTH SYNOD, EDITORS• Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra is the opening of the original text in Spanish of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation in the form of a Letter to the Young, which the Pope will sign this 25 March, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, during his visit to the Marian Shrine of Loreto.— The Pope intends, with this gesture, to entrust to the Virgin Mary the document that completes the work of the Synod of Bishops held in the Vatican from 3 to 28 October, on the theme: “YoungRead More