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ARGENTINA, Roberto Liñares • On the afternoon of 16 November, Fr. Joseph Kentenich’s birthday, at the door of “Mary’s Tabor, heart of the city” Shrine, in Buenos Aires’ Belgrano neighborhood, there was a blessing for children, expectant mothers, and for those wanting to have a child. Upon hearing the children’s voices, the mothers’ emotions, pilgrims’ coming and going, and everyone’s longing, it was obvious this was no simple convocation. Instead, there was a need for an encounter, prayers, petitions, hope and joy. I just found out I am going toRead More
PARAGUAY, vía Dequeni.org.py • Within the framework of “Rebuild Hope” Campaign, the Dequení foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the work to improve “Costa Sosa” (Luque) and “Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Ypané) community centers, with the support received from businesses and generous donors. These community centers suffered serious damage to the roof and walls due to deterioration from the constant storms during the past year; as a result, Dequení transferred their activities to temporary locations. Thus at the beginning of this year, the Foundation proposed to implementRead More
CHILE, by Susy Jacob • As a way to cultivate the Works of Mercy during this special year and being obedient to Pope Francis’ call, the Punta Arenas Mothers’ Branch are carrying out different apostolates in their city’s jail, especially in the women’s section. One of the first activities carried out was to approach the authorities of the Gendarmerie to find out the prison’s needs; this is how a campaign to collect clothes began.  They also organized a breakfast for the inmates in order to make contact with them, toRead More
ARGENTINA, by Maria Fischer • “One has to know how many are at the table, so everyone gets their meal.”  My small friend looked at me with her great big eyes and irresistible smile, while she places a bowl on the table that I share with her and three more children.  “There is enough for everyone,” she explained.  “Because we always have to think about everyone.”  Before going down to the dining room, she takes the task she assumed of introducing the “new one, this lady from Germany, who alongRead More
URUGUAY, by Laura Voituret and Matías Cerviño • We invite you to learn about the work the Schoenstatt Movement carries out at Providencia Educational Center (Montevideo, Uruguay), a place the Blessed Mother chose to transform hearts. Learn first-hand what happens there and join by collaborating with this project. In 1994, Providencia emerged as a current of life born from the Shrine in the country where the First Daughter Shrine was established; it is an Educational Center located in Montevideo’s Cerro Oeste, in the Casabó neighborhood, one of the most vulnerableRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení and Maria Fischer • Strong storms and floods have recently affected three important Dequení community centers caring for more than 1,000 children. Activities have been suspended, or they are being carried out in provisional locations. The Manos Juntas community center, located at the Pirapomi neighborhood of Arroyos y Esteros, is isolated by floodwaters from the Manduvirá River, Dequení is working with community and city leaders to guarantee help for this area. El Triunfo community center at Caaguazú also suffered serious cracks, a collapsed roof and wall. Dequeni hasRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • On 30 December, Pope Francis dedicated the last general audience of the year to the devotion to the Christ Child that is common during this time. A tradition, he explained, that goes back to St. Francis of Assisi who “keeps alive in our hearts the mystery of God who became man.” He also mentioned St. Teresa of the Child Jesus who knew how to live this “‘spiritual childhood’ which is assimilated through meditation, as the Virgin Mary taught, on the humilityRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení • In the midst of fundraising to collect funds and to conquer scholarships in solidarity so that thousands of children from families with limited resources can attend school in 2016, Dequení is in solidarity with all the families affected by rising Paraguayan and Paraná’s rivers and their tributaries.  Among the displaced, there are families accompanied constantly by the Foundation projects, in the communities of Villeta and Arroyos y Esteros. Dequení is working with community leaders and SEN’s (National Emergency Services) contacts, the cities and governments to assist theRead More
FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Maria Fischer • The news about the three deaths in a Bangui parish was mentioned to the Pope. He asked: “Can I go?” Bishop Juan José Aguirre of Bangassou related, “This morning with all the joy occurring in Bangui, with all the overwhelming joy present… yet, just a kilometer and a half from the place where the Pope had lunch with the bishops, three people were killed in the Fatima neighborhood.” “I was with the Pope, and I told him: Your Holiness, this morning three peopleRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis arrived in Uganda late on Friday, 27 November. According to Ugandan newspaper, The Observer, the Pontiff received a “rousing welcome from Ugandans who thronged Entebbe International Airport to receive him.” According to the report, he also received a 21-gun salute and a dance group “provided entertainment in performing several cultural dances including the Kiganda dance, Runyege, Kinywarwanda and playing all sorts of local music instruments from makondele, madinda among others.” Pope commends Uganda for receiving refugees Shortly after his arrival,Read More