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General Presidency, P. Juan Pablo Catoggio • On behalf of the General Presidency, Father Juan Pablo Catoggio sends greetings to the entire Schoenstatt Family on this very special October 18th, which we celebrate worldwide in the context of the pandemic, the debate on Father Kentenich, and a few days after the publication of “Fratelli Tutti”, the the universal Church’s call to live a Covenant Culture between all peoples, cultures, and social classes. Father Juan Pablo Catoggio asks the MTA and all of us, that the Covenant of Love become moreRead More
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Official Communique, Heinrich Brehm (Media Commission, Schoenstatt)• This summer, the General Presidium of the International Schoenstatt Work established an international research group intended to ensure a coordinated, joint investigation of key themes and processes in the history of Schoenstatt that led to the exile of Schoenstatt’s founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, in Milwaukee. The members of the research group were officially appointed at the Presidium meeting on October 12, 2020.— The goal is to develop a critical edition of various texts and ways of acting of Father Joseph Kentenich in keepingRead More
BRAZIL, Ana Paula Paiva • On September 27, the so-called E-Kentenich was held in Brazil: a virtual initiative of study groups on the thought of the father and founder. It was the third meeting of the cycle of studies for the year 2020, and the topic revolved around the new social order, motivated by the writings on the social thought of Father Joseph Kentenich, prepared by Father Humberto Anwandter.— E-Kentenich: Initiative for a Continental Country. The E-Kentenich emerged as a response for the Brazilian Schoenstatt Family, especially with regard toRead More
Patricio Young, Chile • The educational issue is very important in our Schoenstatt family for the mission. That is why it deserves permanent reflection from different points of view. — From education is where significant signs should be marked, such signs should generate paths of inclusion, that seek to overcome the discrimination and social gap that we have within us and that conforms us as a caste, exactly what Fr. Kentenich never wanted. “We have to begin by overcoming this caste pride or caste treatment in our midst; I intentionallyRead More
Interview with Ignacio Suazo Zepeda on “Our Table: Dialogues for Chile” (NM) • In the context of the Chilean social crisis, resulting from the social explosion of October 18, and close to initiating a process of approval or rejection of a new constitution for the country, the Catholic University of Chile and the Catholic Voices Foundation have called 60 personalities to talk about the great challenges of these times. This dialogue will take place during three months around nine thematic tables: “the city, poverty and segregation”, “economic and working life”,Read More
SPAIN, Paz Leiva and Miguel Angel Rubio • In spite of everything that has happened since July 1st, the first Workshop on the Social Thought of Father Kentenich in Spain has ended. A door was opened in the month of February. We read an article by Rafael Mascayano on schoenstatt.org and I wrote a comment. — As a result of this comment, Rafael offered us material to set up a workshop in Spain. We are left with the idea: “but we cannot teach a workshop that is not ours, withoutRead More
Pilar Andrade, Spain • The issue of environmentalism bothers a lot of people. They find the demonstrations in which thousands of people – especially young people – take to the streets demanding measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe, exaggerated. Greta Thünberg, in particular, is bothering people: how can a teenage brat teach government leaders lessons? In Spain, which is where I write from, many associate environmentalism with the extreme left, and therefore with a political ideology whose historical roots are not only alien, but even contradictory to some aspects ofRead More
By Bettina Betzner, Germany  • Dear Pope Francis, I would like to have a personal conversation with you about ‘Laudato Si’. I would like to seek your warm closeness, to look into your eyes, to be captured by your warm gaze, to be moved by your spiritual depth and your authenticity, to make your concern my concern… I had this experience when I saw the film “A Man of His Word” by Wim Wenders. —   Meeting you has changed something in me. After your message in the film IRead More
ARGENTINA, Carlos Barrio e Lipperheide • We are living an unprecedented world reality, a situation in which we are all learning and looking for ways to move forward, in the midst of many uncertainties and unanswered questions. — We are all in shock, anguish and disoriented. We do not know when or how we will overcome these circumstances, but, what we do know is that we must find a way out and overcome the pandemic. Surely after this the world will not be the same and we will all haveRead More
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CHILE, Patricio Young • We live in the midst of an individualistic world where my wishes and will take precedence over those of the rest of society, where rights are privileged over duties. Where hedonism, greed and power for power’s sake are the maxims that move us. There is no consequence of life, between what I think, say and do, but justification of conduct. ” “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest withRead More