SPAIN, editors •
This week Father Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life in the Vatican, will be visiting Madrid. Fr. Alexandre will participate on Friday 8 March, coinciding with Women’s Day, in the meeting that Madrimaná has organized to understand the relevance of the Virgin Mary as the greatest feminine reference in history.
With the slogan— Ánimo, no tengéis miedo (Courage, don`t be afraid)— from 7 to 16 March, Cinemas Mk2 Palacio de Hielo will host the VIII Muestra Internacional de Cine y Realidades que Inspiraná Madrimaná (VIII International Exhibition of Cinema and Realities that Inspire, Madrimaná). For ten days, the beauty of the faith can be contemplated in conferences, representations, concerts, and film screenings, with previews of Onyx, the kings of the Grail (Thursday 7), The Child Who Could Have Been King (Saturday 9), The Song of Our Life (Thursday 14) or The Song of My Father (Saturday 16).
Among the programmed activities, a meeting with the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, several young people, and several elderly people, on Friday March 15th at 9pm, also will be outstanding, followed by a screening of the film, The Dreams’ Salesman, as well as a lecture by the secretary of the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life, Father Alexandre Awi Mello, on Mary, the greatest feminine reference, on Friday, March 8 at 21:00 hours.
In it he will present his book: “She is My Mother,” published in 2014 in Portuguese (Loyola, Brazil) and translated into Spanish (2014, Patris, Argentina) into German (2017, Benno, Germany), English (2018, Saint Paul’s, India) and Italian (2018, Citta Nuova) in which he gathers his conversations with Pope Francis about his relationship with the Virgin Mary, from his childhood to becoming Bishop of Rome, his affection for her, his devotions and prayers. Then the Catholic singer-songwriter Antonio Mata will give a concert in which he will share his themes, as well as his experience of faith.
Father Alexandre Awi Mello will celebrate the evening Mass on Saturday afternoon, March 9th, at the Serrano Shrine.
Photo: Fr. Alexandre Awi during a Press Conference at WYD 2019 Panama
With material from the Newsletter of Schoenstatt Madrid and a press release of the archdiocese of Madrid, Spain
Original: Spanish. 6 March 2019. Translation: Maria Fisher, Germany, Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA