Church – Francis – Movements Category

COSTA RICA, Lourdes Rosabal • Lately Costa Rican couples are eagerly preparing for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) with Pope Francis, 22 -26 August, 2018. They are not only going to participate, but they have also been assigned the task as a country to prepare the Schoenstatt Families’ Meeting that will attend WMOF in Dublin, in a parish near the site where the Festival of Families will be held. — This meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 August, during the afternoon (2:00 -4:30 pm) at St. Joseph ChurchRead More
A commentary on the Gaudete et Exsultate Apostolic Exhortation , by Juan Enrique Coeymans, Chile • Pope Francis’ recent Gaudete et Exsultate Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world resonates with Schoenstatt children, whose familiarity with this topic is taken for granted, and sometimes even forgotten.— Disproving the comments of many ill-informed journalists who say that Pope Benedict was very intellectual and that Pope Francis has little theological formation, the first thing that draws our attention is precisely the theological, biblical and patristic depth of the textRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • Schoenstatt in Costa Rica is becoming more and more a new burst of life reaching out in service to the local Church and to all of Central America. — Another sign of this reality came from the Cathedral of Carmen de Cartago during a recent visit by the rector, Fr. Hernán Chaves Redondo, and his two associate pastors (Frs. Vinicio Sánchez Aragón and Fabricio Sánchez Bonilla) to the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. Two acolytes from the Cathedral, whereRead More
POPE FRANCIS – MESSAGES AND GESTURES • “I believe, based on several messages, that some Christians are uncertain whether or not it is ethical, good or bad, to rescue the immigrants who are in obvious danger of being shipwrecked and dying. I find it positive that the Holy Father has resolved this uncertainty for them,” commented José Antonio Cerezuela on Twitter. He is from Barcelona and describes himself as “one more among 8 billion. Trying to post a positive tweet every day.” Either way, this is a positive tweet, togetherRead More
PARAGUAY, BEATIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mirtita Etchegaray De Arias, Family Work• The act of walking through the street and seeing so many people was emotionally touching. In the beginning, it made one happy seeing lines upon lines of people waiting to enter, but anxiety began when sensing that there were now few spaces. When everything became worrisome, it sufficed to say “when we consider our own strength, all hope and trust waver…” so we resorted to our ally, to divine strength, prayer…praying to the Blessed Mother that we could enter. —Read More
PARAGUAY, BEAITIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mariana Frutos, Mothers’ Branch • In a short while, Paraguay would have her first blessed, the venerable Carmelite, Servant of God, María Felicia de Jesús Sacramentado, also known as Chiquitunga. What should we do? How could we take part in this celebration? How could we miss this historic event? Why not be part of this gift from heaven? How could we miss the opportunity to celebrate holiness? — These questions motivated us and made us think of how we, as Schoenstatt Family, could connect and activelyRead More
PARAGUAY, Chiquitunga’s Beatification, Ara Cáceres –Leader of University Girls’ Youth • Everything began at one of the CAF (Family Council) meetings where the idea emerged to have buses that would leave from the Shrine to participate in Chiquitunga’s Beatification. The idea “Schoenstatt for the Church” prevailed in our hearts, and the desire to experience a piece of heaven with the Family encouraged us take such an initiative. — The Mothers’ Branch and the University Girls’ Youth organizations took up the task. Both were surprised to have a large number ofRead More
PARAGUAY, BEATIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Agenzia Fides • “A young Christian model,” “…a fulfilled, very intelligent person who radiated joy,” “… young witness of a holiness that is possible and is not an unattainable ideal,” “…a model of a reflective person, who questioned things and discussed them, because there are realities that are necessary to discuss in walking toward the good.” was Bishop Adalberto Martínez Flores, Bishop elect of Villarrica del Espiritu Santo description of the young Disclaced Carmelite, María Felicia de Jesús Sacramentado Guggiari, better known as “Chiquitunga” to theRead More
World Youth Day Panama 2019, Fr. José Luis Correa and editorial team • Between 6 and 10 June, delegates from 84 countries and various movements attended the second Preparatory Meeting for the World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama, convened by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.— Six Schoenstatt members participated, among them Fr. Alexandre Awi, in his role as the Dicastery secretary and Fr. Romulo Aguilar – a Diocesan Schoenstatt priest – as the head of the local organizing committee. He made his Covenant of love with theRead More
WORLD  YOUTH DAY PANAMA, Fr. José Luis Correa and Maria Fischer • Towards the end of May 2018, the Schoenstatt Fathers responsible for the Boys’ Youth in the USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Paraguay met in Panama, together with Fr. José Luis Correa, for a day-long working meeting to plan themes linked to the presence and active participation of the Schoenstatt Youth at WYD Panama 2019. — The headquarters of the Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre is San Francisco de La Caleta parish, served by Fr. Romulo Aguilar, a Schoenstatt Diocesan priestRead More