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COSTA RICA, Tatiana López •  March arrived, a month of great significance for Costa Rica. The 19th was awaited with great illusion, because the anniversary of the blessing of our Family of Hope Shrine would be celebrated. Everything was going relatively normally and the preparations for this great day continued. News arrived from the old world that Milan was suffering from the contagion of a virus that came from China, and at the same time they informed us that Madrid had its first victims.  These events seemed so far away.—Read More
SCHOENSTATT SOCIAL, Maria Fischer • “The visit to the Vatican continues to circulate”, writes Father Pedro Kühlcke. The visit to the Vatican: through Pamela Fabiano from the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Development, Father Pedro Kühlcke was invited to the International Congress of Catholic prison chaplains at the Vatican. During the concluding audience with the Pope he was able to present him with the book “Libertad en la cárcel”, Freedom in Prison, in which he describes his experiences with Father Kentenich’s pedagogy of working in prisons. The texts ofRead More
COSTA RICA, Randall Barquero, Laudato Si Commission, Schoenstatt Costa Rica •  The Schoenstatt Movement’s Laudato Si Commission in Costa Rica was formed in 2016, one year after the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical. Within the context of the Laudato Si Week of the Universal Church (May 16th to 24th), we shared some general details about this commission and its work. —   In 2016, the year after the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si, the Schoenstatt Movement in Costa Rica committed to build its first branch shrine, and a fewRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • Thanks to the “Intelligent Quarantine” decreed by the government of Paraguay, on Monday, May 4th, we re-opened the doors of the CMT  (Casa Madre de Tuparenda/House Mother of Tuparenda), “reinventing” ourselves to be able to continue giving the opportunity to our adult participants to rejoin the program and thus, together, to be able to accentuate the production of baked goods in the bakery and of mouth guards (so much in demand at this time of COVID-19) in the area of Industrial Confection. On the other hand,Read More
ARGENTINA, Mercedes Verón, Director of the Casa del Niño Padre José Kentenich  • La Casa del Niño (Children’s House), a private institution, is in Florencio Varela, Province of Buenos Aires and was created on June 16, 1985, in the year of Father Joseph Kentenich’s centennial, from whom it takes its name. With the support of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, little by little, with much effort and with the unconditional generosity of many people, this little house was built, which at this time gives 340 children between the ages of 3Read More
CHILE/MADRUGADORES INTERNACIONAL, Octavio Galarce •  On Wednesday morning, the 29th, we Madrugadores felt a great joy, when we received the response of Pope Francis to a letter in which we told him that on Saturday, May 2nd, more than 300 communities from 16 countries: Portugal, Spain, Germany, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Chile, would unite spiritually with him – and with each other – by participating “live” through Zoom, YouTube Madrugadores Chile, and YouTube from the Vatican, inRead More
PARAGUAY, HOUSE MOTHER OF TUPÃRENDA, Ani Souberlich • WhatsApp’s messages are pouring in. Twenty young people in quarantine, twenty young people recently released from the juvenile prison, where they were mostly for robberies done to calm their hunger, twenty young people who with great commitment and even greater hope began a path of human development and job training at the House Mother of Tuparenda (CMT – Casa Madre de Tuparenda), are hungry. Not only hunger for lack of food, but hunger for closeness, comfort, justice and peace. They calm theirRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke/mf • Paraguay was one of the first countries in the Americas to apply restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On March 11th, it suspended the activities in educational institutions and events of massive attendance, and a week later it decreed the total isolation of the population, with exceptions for those who carry out essential work and need to be supplied. What about the young people of the Mother House of Tuparenda? — They had to suspend activities a long time ago. These activitiesRead More
ARGENTINA, Juan Barbosa • The Madrugadores are a community of men who, together, by the hand of Mary, advance with Jesus Christ, towards God the Father. Can the COVID-19 cut short this ideal that was embodied so many years ago? Not at all! Together, truly together, we will continue on our way and nothing can stand in the way of our ideals.— This is what echoed in our hearts in the face of an incontrovertible reality: quarantine and in the middle of Lent. Difficult times require creative solutions, and forRead More
CHILE, vía mariaayuda.cl • “Entrelazadas” [Spanish for interconnected] is a project that brings together girls, teenagers, elderly women, and women from the Women’s Penitentiary. Once a month, the girls and teenagers from a Maria Ayuda Center visit the older women for group handcraft activities, as well as to chat and get to know their stories. Their crafts are then given to women who have been incarcerated, forming an unerasable bond among them. — The “Entrelazadas” project connects a group of elderly women from the Roses of Independence Foundation with girls and teenageRead More