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POPE FRANCIS – GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE • Are you among those who are just not satisfied with a mediocre existence? This is the start of a catchy video, that was professionally produced to introduce a new Apostolic Exhortation. This is something completely new. “The Vatican went all out with this truly attractive video,” commented José Argüello from Paraguay, who will this coming weekend speak at a retreat about Pope Francis’ most recent invitation to the whole Church. “The ‘constructive criticism’ of the youth in the pre-synod document must have served themRead More
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019, PANAMÁ/COSTA RICA, Mauricio Álvarez • It seems like the Costa Rican Schoenstatt Shrine, the newest one in the whole world, was blessed just in time for the World Youth Day 2019 (WYD 2019), which will be held in January 2019 in the neighboring country of Panama. Like all Schoenstatt development, the Schoenstatt Family from Costa Rica is also giving Panama a helping hand for WYD to welcome Schoenstatt Youth from all over the world that want to participate together in this great celebration of encounter withRead More
EASTER 2018 – POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY DURING EASTER SUNDAY MASS IN ST. PETERS • Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Mass of the Resurrection with thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square and improvised a homily during which he highlighted three aspects of the resurrection: surprise, haste, and what about me? In line with his message at the Easter Vigil, he challenged everyone:  “And what do I do on this Easter Day 2018?”— Complete text of Pope Francis’ homily, 1.4.2018 After listening to the Word of God from this Gospel passage,Read More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS • After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father made an appeal for Syria, after an alleged chemical attack took place in the town of Duma.— “There is terrible news from Syria, the bombing of dozens of victims of which many of them were women and children. News of so many people affected by chemical substances contained within the bombs. We pray for all the dead, for the wounded, for the families who suffer. There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing canRead More
HOLY WEEK WITH POPE FRANCIS — FINALPRAYER OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS • At the end of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, presided by Pope Francis at the Coliseum in Roome, where many of the first Christians died as martyrs, the Holy Father made a long and  emotional prayer to Jesus, “filled with shame, repentance and hope,” in the presence of 20,000 people. — Lord Jesus, we turn to you, filled with shame, repentance and hope. Before your supreme love, shame pervades us for leaving youRead More
HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER TIME 2018• He is raised! We share the greatest message ever, and we share Pope Francis challenging sermon during Easter Vigil 2018.   Wishing all our readers an Easter earthquake ! — We began this celebration outside, plunged in the darkness of the night and the cold.  We felt an oppressive silence at the death of the Lord, a silence with which each of us can identify, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, who stands wordless before the cross.Read More
TOWARDS THE SYNOD, Editors • On Saturday, 24 March the pre-Synod meeting was brought to a close with the approval of the document containing the proposals that the young people presented to the Church in light of the next Synod of Bishops. At the end of the celebration of Holy Mass on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis received the conclusive document of this week of work that ended on 24 March from a group of young people who participated in the pre-Synod meeting. As is customary, the Holy Father did notRead More
CHILE, Interview of Pedro Ossandón Buljevic, Vicar of Southern Area of Santiago, by Verónica Gutiérrez, schoenstatt.org  • As a response to the Holy Father’s initiative, the 10th Synod of the Archdiocese of Santiago concerning “Young People, faith, and vocation” will be held on the 19, 20,21 May. During the gatherings, more than 100,000 people’s opinions will be compiled, and they will work on proposals about the Catholic Church with those youths that are believers and non-believers. Bishop Pedro Ossandón will participate in this process, and he comments about the stagesRead More
BOLIVIA, Fr. José Luis Correa • On 27 March 2018, Tuesday in Holy Week, Pope Francis appointed the priest, Fr Giovani Edgar Arana, Auxiliary Bishop of El Alto in Bolivia. The future Auxiliary Bishop is a member of the first course of the Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation in Bolivia, and worked from 2010-2013 as Diocesan Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in La Paz.  Giovani Edgar Arana was born on 23 May 1974 in La Paz in the Diocese of La Paz. He studied philosophy and theology in the San Jeronimo SeminaryRead More
POPE FRANCIS – GENERAL AUDIENCE• “Easter is the most important feast day of our faith… because it is the feast of our salvation, the feast of God’s love for us, the feast and the celebration of His death and Resurrection” On Wednesday morning, 28 March 2018, Pope Francis dedicated his General Audience to the Easter Tridiuum, speaking to thousands of pilgrims from Italy and other countries around the world in St. Peter’s Square. “These days [of the Easter Tridiuum] constitute the memorial of a single great mystery: the death andRead More