Synod 18 Category

CHRISTUS VIVIT, editors • For the sixth consecutive year, the Colombian Episcopal Conference has organized in Bogota, Colombia, the National Congress of Vocational Pastoral Ministry.— The Congress entitled “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”, the theme of the last Synod of Bishops on Youth, took place from June 17 to 20 to promote a message of hope offered to those who animate, accompany, and joyfully choose to engage in the following of the Lord Jesus. Father Alexandre Awi Mello, I.Sch., Secretary of the Dicastery, participated in the event by sending aRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, Maria Fischer This time from St. Peter’s in Rome with Fr. Alexandre Awi. On 22 June, the day of the audience with Pope Francis, the crowning jewel of the International Youth Forum, the Schoenstatt participants sent their third and final video message to the International Schoenstatt Family in four languages and only one message: Christ is alive. Christ is alive, the Pope’s message, the message of the Youth synod, the message of this post-synodal journey, is a message for the whole of Schoenstatt, for this apostolic movement foundedRead More
CHRIST IS ALIVE – INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM, Maria Fischer with Lucas Galhardo and Hemma Struntz • Good afternoon, good evening, good day…it’s once again 2:30 in the morning in Rome, when Hemma Struntz from Austria and Lucas Galhardo from Brazil, the two Schoenstatt representatives at the International Youth Forum, recorded the second video to greet the International Schoenstatt Family, this time in Spanish and English. They had already finished the talks, the working groups, the discussions and the Mass at the forum. All that was left was the crowning jewelRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT – THE LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER TO YOUNG PEOPLE, Maria Fischer • The first answer came from Peru, from Fr Alberto Celis, a member of the first course of the Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation there. In a few words he answered with a photo of his edition of Christus vivit that had clearly been well read. Hemma Struntz and Lucas Galhardo, the two representatives of the Schoenstatt Movement to the XI International Youth Forum, worked until late in the night, or more precisely, until the early hours ofRead More
XI International Youth Forum, Editorial Team • “During the Synod we shared experiences, struggled together, worked together and rejoiced together because we are the Church.” With these words Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri greeted the young people from all over the world who had gathered in Ciampino Rome, for the Eleventh International Youth Forum, the heart of the synod devoted to them, in order to awaken to new life the passionate and fruitful experience of the synodal way. —   The young people who were participating in this Eleventh International Forum, whichRead More
CHRIST IS ALIVE. The Pope’s letter to youth, editorial team • “Christ is alive. He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Thus begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit” (Christ is a live), signed by Pope Francis in Loreto, in the Marian shrine of the Holy House on 25 March, and published by the Vatican on 2 April.— The exhortation follows from theRead 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
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
Youth Synod, interview with Lucas Galhardo • One month after the Youth Synod, we asked Lucas Galhardo from the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth in Brazil, who particpated at the Synod and the preparatory meetings for it, about what these meetings meant for him and which were the most important moments for him, and what needs to happen now so that the Synod does not live only on paper. —   In your video message to the Schoenstatt Family at the end of the Synod, you spoke about how your participation atRead More
Synod on the Youth, Editorial team • The two Schoenstatters present at the Synod on the Youth, Fr. Alexandre Awi and Lucas Galhardo, sent a video message to the entire International Family. —   Message from Fr. Alexandre: At the end of the Bishops’ Synod on the Youth, we are very happy to send a very special greeting to the entire Schoenstatt Family allover the world. For us it was a great joy to accompany this Synod and to also bring the presence of our spirituality, our Movement, and thusRead More