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TOWARDS THE SYNOD, Editors • On Saturday, 24 March the pre-Synod meeting was brought to a close with the approval of the document containing the proposals that the young people presented to the Church in light of the next Synod of Bishops. At the end of the celebration of Holy Mass on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis received the conclusive document of this week of work that ended on 24 March from a group of young people who participated in the pre-Synod meeting. As is customary, the Holy Father did notRead More
UNIVERSAL CHURCH, editorial team• An unexpected surprise was published on Saturday, 3 March: In a Decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican established that the memorial of the Virgin Mary as “Mother of the Church” will be celebrated every year on the Monday following the Feast of Pentecost. In countries like Argentina and Poland, this feast day is already included in the calendar “approved according to the norm of particular law, in the future it may continue to be celebrated in the same way.”—   The decree beginsRead More
INTERVIEW WITH FR LUDWE JAYIYA, SOUTH AFRICA • When Pope Francis met with his fellow Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, one of the elder members asked him what he, as Pope and Jesuit, expected from them at this moment in the Church. His answer was brief and clear: “Vatican II.” Only a few days earlier, I had interviewed a young priest from South Africa, Fr. Ludwe Jayiya, parish priest in Port Elizabeth`s  Mater Dei parish, who had spent all, literally all his savings (priests in South Africa doRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole • Last year our Methodist friends suggested that our three churches in Kearsley, Greater Manchester, should mark the Week of Christian Unity together each year, and to make a start they suggested a time of prayer in our shrine. We gladly took up the idea, and arranged to meet at 10 a.m. on 20 January 2018. The organisers had said privately that they would be happy if ten people turned up the first time, but more than double that number were there. Some young men even stoodRead More
CHILE, Patricio Young M. • Some time ago, I wrote a column titled “Madrugadores nos Madrugaron [We Madrugadores are early risers]” in Schoenstatt Vivo, in which I explained how they have made many of Schoenstatt’s desires a reality. I discovered everything talking with Madrugadores, since I had not participated in this current until recently. I had the honor of being invited by the organizers to experience their 15th Gathering, which was held in Chillán between 20 – 22 October. I decided to experience it from the first to the lastRead More
COLOMBIA, Alida Becerra • The Schoenstatt youth in Bogotá attended the meeting with Pope Francis in Bolivar Square. They were among 22.000 youth who had gathered from 4 in the morning to welcome the Pope. Working with the impulses of the Colombian Church The youth prepared themselves for the meeting with the Holy Father with Sr. María Amparo Villouta and the leaders of the youth Laura Téllez, Fanny Bravo, Consuelo Iturrieta and Andrea Sánchez. Over three Saturdays, they met at “Mater House” in Bogotá where they learnt more about PopeRead More
Maria Fischer • A group of priests and religious who are presently studying German in Kreuzberg – Bonn – visited Schoenstatt this past August 18 to get to know a place and a Movement within the universal Church. “Dear future bishops, nuncios, general superiors…” and in the midst of the confusion of those present: “dear brothers and sisters” and then the ice was broken and even more so when the priests and religious from Asia, Africa and Latin America were doted upon in the cafeteria with cappuccino and cookies.  OnRead More
CHILE, Verónica Gutiérrez • In Chile, the generation of the seventies experienced great changes in a two ways. On one hand, the Schoenstatt Movement grew with the celebration of twenty-five years of the mission of the 31 of May, the anniversary of shrines, and the organized missions and camps. On the other hand, the country experienced political and social changes that ended in complex and difficult times. In any case, the university youths met in the Cenacle Shrine of Bellavista, in Santiago. They organized activities, and during the weekends, theyRead More
ARGENTINA, Analía Guaragna • 1,000 Hail Marys in Adoration were prayed on Sunday, 6 August, within the celebration of St. Domingo de Guzmán’s feast day, the patron of the Cathedral and of the Diocese of Nueve de Julio. The celebration was held at 6:00 p.m. at Fatima Parish within the framework of the 100 years of Mary’s apparition at Fatima and of the last day that this parish would be open, since it will be temporarily closed for repairs. On October 13, Fatima Parish, Nueve de Julio, will be elevatedRead More
ROMA BELMONTE/SCHOENSTATT ROSARY CAMPAIGN, Mercedes Bonorino and Maria Fischer • “Everything that this great Campaign generates is a joy for the soul! It touches so many people and above all, how our beloved MTA showers the graces of the Shrine. João Pozzobon is really a saint! From something so small, we can see, feel, and experience so many miracles. I always say something that we experienced with Raúl: the Rosary Campaign is not an apostolate; it is a great gift from God! This was one of the many comments withinRead More