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
PARAGUAY, CMT educators: Lourdes, Victor, Magdalena, Rosi Minerva, Alicia and Ricardo Acosta • The coronavirus pandemic turned the life style of people around the world upside down and the House Mother of Tuparenda (CMT) was no exception, since it also had to stop its activities, with the great challenges that this implied in the process that we had been working with each participant. —     The life in confinement of the participants and their families, as for any person, needed a reinvention to face the consequences of the pandemic.Read More
ARGENTINA, Editorial Tribuna • Even during times of pandemic, the solidarity activity that the more than one hundred missionaries of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement carry out in Rio Tercero does not stop. The group, mostly made up of older women, is working these days on making warm clothing for adults and children. Furthermore, some weeks ago they gave to the Municipality coats and caps that will be used by the health personnel. — “We are currently making quilts for cribs, baby bags, coats and booties for grandparents in day careRead More
CHILE,Fr. Francisco Pereira, Jorge Gómez Alemparte / María Fischer • The Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) joins the efforts and actions against all forms of violence against children. This is message was expressed on June 4th, the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. “Our children need tenderness and protection at all times, for they are the hope of society, the Church and humanity”.  What does Schoenstatt do to protect children? The answer is not only education for children or schools and all kinds of strengthening of families, butRead More

Posted On June 20, 2020 In WYD Panama 2019

WYD Magazine Panama 2019

WYD2019,Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life • The World Youth Day Magazine, in an issue dedicated to the World Youth Day which took place in Panama in 2019, is now available for free online on the website of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life. — For the past thirty years, the magazine has been an official testimony to the fruitful dialogue between the Holy Father and young people. Published by the John Paul II Youth Foundation as a single issue containing multiple languages, (English, Spanish, French, andRead More
 PK4U, María Fischer • “God is simple and plain in his unity and tremendously rich in his plurality.” This is a phrase from Father José María García Sepúlveda’s homily during the Mass for the Feast of the Holy Trinity at the Shrine of Pozuelo, in Madrid, which comes to mind when I look at the photos from my visit a couple of days ago to the workshop of Juan Fernández, Father Kentenich’s sculptor and author of the first and many statues of him.  “I made them all with the sameRead More
ARGENTINA, María Fischer • “I entrust myself to your prayers and closeness to live this new mission with joy…”, Father Jorge González wrote to me on the afternoon of the day of the announcement of his appointment as auxiliary bishop of his native diocese, La Plata, where he has been working as  a pastor and rector of the cathedral for a little more than a year, with the great pastoral project of “sanctifying the cathedra”l. A half hour after the simultaneous announcement in Rome and Argentina, an article about “our”Read More