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ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer with Material from AICA • Fr Juan Carlos Scannone SJ died on Wednesday 27 November at 3.30 p.m. in San Miguel, Buenos Aires Province, of a stroke from which he did not recover. He was 88, and had spent 70 years as a Jesuit, and 57 years as a priest. – “With great sadness we announce the return home of Juan Carlos Scannone SJ to the House of the Father. We thank God for his life and his calling, for his devotion and reflexion that enriched LatinRead More

Posted On 02.12.2019In Synod 18

The Now of God

VATICAN, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life  • “Young people are the heirs of a great past, the bearers of a great present, and the builders of a great future.” This paraphrase of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Apostolic Movement of Schönstatt, was the guiding theme of the intervention which the Secretary of our Dicastery, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, gave while participating via Skype in the twentieth Latin American Pastoral Youth Meeting, which was held  November 18 – 23 in Peru.— Taking as his starting point the heritageRead More
ALBANIA/VATICAN, Press Release of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development • On the night of 25 November last, a major earthquake struck the northern coast of Albania, in the area of the city of Durres. To date, dozens of people have been killed and at least 600 injured, but there are still many people under the rubble. The earthquake has caused enormous damage – buildings have collapsed and hundreds of people have been left homeless – and it was felt in other areas of Albania and on the AdriaticRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE, Editorial Office • “The Fall of the Wall for Christians” – this is the title of an interview in the Newsletter of Vatican News (German) on November 11th with the press references of the network “Together for Europe”, which celebrated its 20th birthday in Ottmaring and Augsburg with a meeting weekend and celebration.— “At the place where 20 years ago representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, about 300 representatives from 55 Christian communities andRead More
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
SYNOD ON THE AMAZON – material from various agencies • This 20 October 2019 will go down in the history of the Church as the day on which the “Catacomb Pact for our Common Home” was signed. — As on 16 November 1965, at the same place and in the same sprit, the Church is renewing the same obligation that was signed a few days before the end of the Second Vatican Council. On that day 42 Council Fathers celebrated the Eucharist in the Catacombs of St Domitilla in orderRead More
VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, schoenstatt.org editors with material from laityfamilylife.va • Twenty-six young people from different parts of the world have prepared video testimonies that were inspired by Christus Vivit ‒ Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation‒, and also by their experiences of faith. Through these short recordings, the young people invite their peers to discover the rich content of the document and to rediscover the presence of Christ in their lives. — The series of twenty-six videos is a work of collaboration between the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, theRead More
COSTA RICA, schoenstatt.org in conversation with “los tempranitos or early birds of the Universal Apostolic Confederation,” Elizabeth Fields and Alejandro Robles • “Everyone said this was impossible. Then one came that didn’t know, and just did.” As we talked via WhatsApp between Barcelona and Cologne until we ran out of cellphone batteries, my gaze stumbled upon a postcard that had been “residing” on my desk for years that said: “Everyone said this was impossible. Then one came that didn’t know, and just did.” In this case, a married couple came,Read More
IN COVENANT WITH POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer • Pope Francis invites young economists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to Assisi, to make a commitment in the spirit of Saint Francis, in order to make the economy of today and tomorrow fair, sustainable and inclusive, with no one left behind. The other day, a Focolare friend sent this message to her network of fellow journalists from “Together for Europe”, and Schoenstatt.org forwarded the invitation at once, as we realized that news on this great event still needs to spread. “Too bad we areRead More