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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
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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
CHILE, Rafael Mascayano • Soon in our country, Chile, we will be faced with stating our opinion in making a decision as to whether or not to assume the task of constructing a new Constitution.  And here is where – as laity and with the thinking of Father Kentenich – it is convenient to visualize our decision to assume, not to debate the pros and cons of each position – a situation which would also help greatly – but to mainly stop, think, discern and act with criteria and notRead More
CHILE, P. Juan Pablo Rovegno • But “I will see thy face in righteousness, I will be satisfied with thy form when I awaken,” sings the antiphon of the psalm this Sunday. The awakening of Chile was at the centre of the news, the “hopes and fears, joys and sorrows” of these days. — An awakening that presents us with (at least) three spiritual dimensions with concrete consequences: Awakening to hope for a fairer, more solidary and more fraternal Chile, a wake-up call to legitimate needs, always postponed and madeRead More
CHILE, Patricio Young •  In Chile we find ourselves in a decisive moment of our national history. The ground has broken away from under our feet; we are aghast at what is happening on the streets of our country. We have seen demands being made from all sides. The young people from the upper classes, who are being interviewed on TV, express their solidarity with the demonstrators, saying that their privileges cause them pain and that is why they are also joining the demonstrators.— Today there seems to be generalRead More
CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno • Looking at the social crisis and the violence Chile is experiencing, Fr Juan Pablo Rovegno based his Sunday sermon on 20 October on the Gospel account of the widow looking for justice. He noted that the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile is “a body that is aware of people’s concerns, takes up their needs, creates possibilities and makes others its favourite concern and occupation.” It is a subject not just for a country in flames, like Chile; a subject raised long ago by Chile’s youngRead More
CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno Michell / staff • Friday, October 18th – of all days! – the violent riots in Chile, which left so many speechless, began with severe attacks and excesses in the subway, causing six lines to collapse and to be put out of  operation on Saturday or Sunday. On Monday, only the main line worked with 60% of the stations, in addition to looting and arson attacks on several stations. There was also a series of attacks on supermarkets and pharmacies with looting and arson attacks.Read More