ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • First of all: It wasn’t us! When Father Pablo Pol’s message was spread about the letters sent to the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine that broke the jar, many said to themselves, “But the last time we delivered letters via Schoenstatt.org the jar was still in perfect condition! This Christmas, just in case, we put the more than 750 letters in a paper bag, which was placed next to the old jar, which for the moment replaces the one that was broken. —  Read More
COSTA RICA, Margarita de Escorriola • This third Sunday of Advent, my fourth course of the Family Federation of Costa Rica (FIDELITAS course) went out into the streets of the city of San José, faithful to the Gospel of the day that asked us to “go and proclaim”; we Fidélitas went out to meet the neediest to give ourselves with joy. — In this time of Advent, we rejoice because the coming of the Lord is near and we prepare so many things to receive Him! But we must notRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Father Pablo Pol, Rector of the Original Shrine  • A few weeks ago, something very special happened. The jar that contains the letters, petitions, offerings, in short, the entire Capital of Grace of the Original Shrine, was broken. As you can see in the photos, the letters that arrived with petitions to the Blessed Mother from all over the world were placed with great enthusiasm and the jar could not withstand it…it simply broke. —  From the outside, one might think that it is simply a mistake andRead More
GERMANY, Press Office of the Archbishopric of Munich-Freising/Editorial Office • “How much we long for priests who are ready for devotion, ready to give their lives”, Cardinal Reinhard Marx emphasized with regard to Blessed Karl Leisner, who 75 years ago, on December 17, 1944, was secretly ordained priest in the Dachau concentration camp by the Bishop of Clermont, Gabriel Piguet, who was also imprisoned there. Today it is also about reforms, “but at the core of the question is: Is a priest ready not only to read Mass, but toRead More
NATALE – WEIHNACHTEN -NATAL – CHRISTMAS – NAVIDAD 2019 •     ¿Por qué el belén suscita tanto asombro y nos conmueve? En primer lugar, porque manifiesta la ternura de Dios. Él, el Creador del universo, se abaja a nuestra pequeñez. El don de la vida, siempre misterioso para nosotros, nos cautiva aún más viendo que Aquel que nació de María es la fuente y protección de cada vida. En Jesús, el Padre nos ha dado un hermano que viene a buscarnos cuando estamos desorientados y perdemos el rumbo; unRead More
PARAGUAY/VATICAN, Joaquín Santiviago • We could not imagine that an avalanche of almost one hundred people would appear, when we invited Alejandra Almada, the current conductor, Giani Klein, Guada Alvarez, Piru Abente, Mariano Abente and Prof. Carlos Cazal to auditions in February and March 2017. They were all filled with the desire to praise the Lord with the gift of their voice. This awakened the ambition to make a choir as professional as possible without being music professionals, with the exception of Alejandra, who is now a professional choir director.Read More
POPE FRANCIS AND MIGRANTS, editors • At the end of the audiences on December 19, a few days from Christmas, the Holy Father Francis met with refugees recently arrived from Lesbos via humanitarian corridors and had a cross placed at the entrance of the Apostolic Palace from the Courtyard of the Belvedere in memory of migrants and refugees.— The transparent cross was hung inside an entrance to the apostolic palace reached from the Belvedere Courtyard – where diplomats and heads of state arrive for audiences with the pope. After hangingRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • “You are my beloved Son, and that love of God can move anyone to change many things”.  Pedro Kühlcke began his homily on the day when seven participants of CMT (Casa Madre de Tuparenda) received the sacraments. Josías received baptism; Emanuel and Angel received First Communion; and Rodolfo, Christian, Alci and Luis received Confirmation. As every year, thanks to catechists Oscar Sugastti, Ceferino Orué and Miguel Arrúa, the participants were able to get to know God better and they freely decided to receive the sacraments ofRead More