Covenant solidarity Category

PARAGUAY, by Maria Fischer • When Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio opened the “Holy Door” of the Original Shrine on 13 December, he showed the two dimensions of mercy: “The first and basic dimension is the mercy of God the Father, ‘…a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness..’ (Exodus 34:6), which is repeatedly given to us, and which we repeatedly experience. The second dimension is our attitude of mercy to everyone, and in particular those who suffer. Two parables of Luke’s Gospel –Read More
PARAGUAY, by María Fischer • “The private initiative of a member of our Family, in the context of the Jubilee Year – to build in the heart of Paraguay the basic infrastructures for homes which can continue being built by their beneficiaries – led us to the decision that the gift we can give to His Holiness through Covenant solidarity and with the support of friends and acquaintances, is to give 100 basic homes to 100 families who live in extreme poverty. They will be the living remembrance of ourRead More
BURUNDI, Chiara Santomiero/Aleteia Team • “During the night, the police arrived arresting people, and the next day it was known that they were dead. We found cadavers in the streets. There is now total insecurity.” This is told to Aleteia by a source from the Church in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. The person asks for anonymity for security reasons. They also took some Salesian religious, but fortunately, they were freed the next day. “Fear overcomes everyone – continues the source – thousands of persons have gone to other partsRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “I want to be very clear. There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever for lack of housing. There are many unjust situations, but we know that God is suffering with us, experiencing them at our side. He does not abandon us,” Pope Francis said in his encounter with homeless people in Washington. “Jesus not only wanted to show solidarity with every person. He not only wanted every person to experience his companionship, his help, his love. He identified with allRead More
PARAGUAY, 100 solidarity houses, by Ani Souberlich and Maria Fischer • “To see your faces, your children, your elderly, and to hear about your experiences and everything you went through to be here, to have a dignified life and a roof over your heads, to endure the bad weather and the flooding of these last few weeks… All this makes me think of the little family of Bethlehem. Your struggles have not taken away your laughter, your joy and your hope. Struggles which have not lessened your sense of solidarityRead More
PARAGUAY, José Argüello and María Fischer • “”This is a lucky misfortune,” commented José Argüello, only to correct himself mid-sentence, saying: “No, it’s not. The Blessed Mother never stops caring for her own.” On Monday, a crane fell over Boggiani Avenue, on the Ceferino Vega corner. The heavy duty truck supporting the crane, which weighed about 220 tons, was dismantling some scaffolding used by the construction workers on the nearby Miami building. It appears that the vehicle was not properly stabilized and lost its balance, and fell on its sideRead More
Rome – Belmonte, by María Fischer • Tuesday, 9 June 2015, A thundershower at the end of a hot summer’s day in Rome. It couldn’t be more simple. In the Matri Ecclesiae Shrine in Rome a handful of people have gathered to celebrate Holy Mass – an Argentinian, Brazilians, Germans, Italians and a young walker from the Ukraine who is taking refuge from the rain. As usual there are two jars in the shrine – the big one from the Tuparenda shrine in Paraguay filled with countless slips of paperRead More
PARAGUAY, by Father José Pontes and the editorial team of “Tupãrenda” Magazine/ORG • Father José Pontes encouraged a small group of Schoenstatters that has traveled every two months for six years to Chaco,an indigenous community, 500 Km. from Asunción, with the desire of carrying out many projects in favor of these very needy brothers/sisters.  The initiative is called “Covenant Solidarity,” an expression created by the schoenstatt.org “Dreamteam” in 2012, and that goes out for the first time from this place to the great joy of the team. Gift for giftRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • For some time there has been a growing unease in Burundi. Lauded as a success story in the mid-90s for emerging from a bloody civil war into peace time democracy, Burundi’s golden fairytale has come to an end. A few months ago, the first whispers that not all was well in the small country began to surface. The whispers became rumours, rumour became fear, fear brought back memories of the dark days of war and ethnic tensions. The first few people began to leave theRead More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer • We were almost leaving, bidding farewell once again to this young and a struggling mother, who can barely speak Spanish, but at least she understands our language better than we understand her Guaraní. We understood the pride and gratitude of her gestures when she showed us her garden, her plants, and above all her little house, which is very small but clean and painted a light turquoise. While her daughter, Luz, a timid little girl, with difficulty moving her hands and feet, simply smiled and lookedRead More