Africa Tag

UGANDA, Jean de Dieu Ntisumbwa • The Pilgrim mother Nr.  58 of the modality of “Founding” arrived in Uganda, arrived in Uganda on the 15th august, 2019. This picture of the Pilgrim Mother blessed on 21st may, 2016 in the national shrine of Argentina, is the only one present in Uganda. —   The first and only Pilgrim Mother in Uganda, is working in the Nakivale Parish in the district of Isingiro – Africa`s oldest refugee camp. From here, the coordinator and missionary, a refugee from Burundi, asked the staffRead More
BURUNDI, Maria Fischer with Material from https://www.peres-schoenstatt.org • July 18, 2020, Covenant Day, in front of the Shrine of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Switzerland. A breathtaking view of Lake Lucerne. But we are talking about Africa, because we are standing here with two Swiss Africa veterans, Father Zingg and Father Barmettler, and we share their joy at the ordination of three Schoenstatt Fathers on this day, in Burundi. And they recount to us…— The Schoenstatt Family and the pilgrims who belong to the Shrine of Mount Sion Gikungu in Bujumbura hadRead More
Interview with Ulrich Grauert, Switzerland, on Economy of Francesco • “I am one of the 2000 young people who were selected for The Economy of Francesco in Assisi,” Valentina Alarcón, an engineer from Chile, wrote to me in the chat of a video conference on social justice and the new social order, which was organized by a group of Chilean Schoenstatters motivated by the social thought of Joseph Kentenich. “We have to talk about this specifically”, I write back, “I know someone from Switzerland who is also present. I referRead More
BURUNDI, Sr.  M. Françoise Nimubona, Claudine Niyomwungere • The Schoenstatt Shrine in Bujumbura became an attraction for many groups of pilgrims from all over the country, especially on the 15th of August, which is not a legal holiday in Burundi, but is of great importance for the Catholic Church there. It is located on a slope above the capital Bujumbura (built on the site where Pope John Paul II celebrated Holy Mass during his visit to Burundi in front of thousands of faithful) and is the destination of the processionsRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis is visiting Southern Africa between 4 and 10 September. He began in Mozambique where he celebrated Mass at a packed Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo. He now travels on to Madagascar and Mauritius where he will meet with religious, civil leaders and the Christian faithful, especially the youth. — In his homily on Friday morning, 6 September at a large Mass in Maputo, Pope Francis said that love is the only way to lasting peace. He was speaking to a nationRead More
KENYA, Fr. Reinhard Förster • When I arrived at the Schoenstatt “Center,” everything was already decorated festively: flags and garlands, a tent was erected, and many people in festive clothes were on their way. Almost 200 guests came. Mass was celebrated with a dance group and a choir. All sang along enthusiastically. This is where 25 years of Schoenstatt in Kenya is celebrated, and on this day 40 years ago the first Schoenstatter of the country was ordained to be a priest, Father Dr. Joseph Kariuki Kamau. After the festiveRead More
POPE FRANCIS, MASS WITH REFUGEES, María Fischer • In a St. Peter’s basilica filled with a spirit of solidarity for the 250 immigrants, rescuers and survivors of the Mediterranean cemetery, Pope Francis on 8 July – the anniversary of his historic visit to Lampedusa in 2013, the first planned trip of his pontificate – launched a renewed and powerful appeal to help those “symbols of all those rejected” people who migrate. “They are first of all human persons”, he said, in midst of the tension in Italy over confrontations betweenRead More
BURUNDI , Claudine Niyomwungere • On Sunday, May 26, 2019, to celebrate the closing of the Marian Month of May, the Schoenstatt Shrine at Mount Sion Gikungu welcomed many pilgrims from all the parishes of the Bujumbura Vicariate and surrounding areas, belonging to the Catholic Action Movements falling under the Diocesan Coordination for the Lay Apostolate (CEDAL).  — A large procession of the faithful and CEDAL members began at Kamenge Military Hospital. Hymns and dances in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary accompanied the pilgrims.  The theme of the pilgrimage wasRead More
THE POPE VIDEO, May 2019 • This month Pope Francis asks us to pray for the Church in Africa, that it “may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.” — During this May month of Mary, Pope Francis’ prayer intention is to pray for the Church in Africa. In his video, he is says that the ethnic, linguistic and tribal divisions that the continent faces “can be overcome promoting unity in diversity,” and thanks the religious sisters, priests, laity and missionariesRead More
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ORIGINAL SHRINE, Mary Cole • On 18 September I attended Holy Mass at 8 a.m. in the Original Shrine at the start of which Fr Antonio Bracht, the main celebrant, introduced Fr Alois who would soon be returning to Cameroon. He also said he would be blessing ten Pilgrim Mother pictures (not in their frames) that Fr Alois would be taking back to Cameroon. It was only afterwards that I discovered that he was Fr Alois Baumberger, a Swiss priest, member of the Federation of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests,  who hasRead More