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ORIGINAL SHRINE/GERMANY from Maria Fischer • “Schoenstatt, Vallendar on the Rhine, which celebrated its centenary last year, is the centre of a worldwide spiritual movement. Its focal point is a little chapel in the valley where Mary is honoured as “Thrice Admirable Mother”. The picture of grace, which arrived in Schoenstatt from Freiburg a hundred years ago, is well known worldwide, as the members of the cathedral choir experienced last year when they visited South America”. These were the words of the invitation addressed to the members of the FreiburgRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS, by the schoenstatt.org editorial team • Pope Francis celebrated the opening mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Family in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 4 October. It was attended by the Synod Fathers and the others who were invited to the Assembly of Bishops that will meet until 25 October. On the same day, a woman who was working as the caterer for the silver anniversary celebration of a Schoenstatt family commented to one of the schoenstatt.org collaborators: “After listening to the testimonyRead More
FAMILY SYNOD • The Italian Bishops’ Conference held a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on 3 October to pray for the Synod of Bishops which will take place from 4-25 October. In his homily, the Pontiff highlighted the importance of family and called for prayers so that the “that the Synod which opens tomorrow will show how the experience of marriage and family is rich and humanly fulfilling” and is able to “acknowledge, esteem, and proclaim all that is beautiful, good and holy about that experience.” Complete text ofRead More
FRANCISCO in the USA, schoenstatt.org with press agencies • A challenging historical conference from a Church that sets out to encounter those who control the destiny of the planet and of millions of people. It was a conference filled with political impact similar to the visits to Strasbourg and Paraguay, in an encounter with those who build society. The address was broadcast live in full around the world, not only in the church media but also on TN24 in Argentina and Phoenix in Germany. For the first time, a Pope spokeRead More
Fr. Alexandre Awi, Brazil • Neither “conservative” nor “progressive.” Simply Church. There are “conservatives” and “progressives” among all of us, and these types also exist in the Church. Fortunately, the rich plurality of opinions and tendencies within the Church also finds a home within our Movement. We don’t find either Liberation Theology or the Mass in Latin detestable, because the Church also doesn’t. Whoever thinks it does should become more familiar with the official positions of the Church. There are people in our Movement who are sympathetic to Liberation TheologyRead More
Belmonte, Fr. Daniel Lozano • Dear friends, the month of July has come to a close; it means that the whole of Rome is on holiday. We will take up our activities again with a conference on 6 September, which will be attended by representatives from all over Italy. We start at 9 a.m. and close with Holy Mass at 5.30 p.m. On 18 July we celebrated the end of the pastoral year with Holy Mass on one of the hottest days of the year; there weren’t many present, butRead More
Today, Fr. Esteban Casquero answers: He belongs to the Schoenstatt Secular Institute of Priests. He carries out his pastoral work in the southern zone of the Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina (Coronel Dorrego and Monte Hermoso with its adjacent towns). He has belonged to Schoenstatt since his youth; he was a member of the Boys’ Youth. From there, he began his Covenant Road in the heart of the Shrine of the New Shores in Mar del Plata. “I have lived beautiful times in the Schoenstatt life and that ofRead More
LATIN AMERICA, Jorge Armas, Generación Francisco • Bañado Norte in Asunción, where more than 30 thousand people live, is one of many neighbourhoods in Latin America where one can clearly see the “existential peripheries and the social trash” produced by “civilisation that has gone too far” as well opposite that comes from the people: radically humanising neighbourliness, committed solidarity and deep faith. Pope Francis promised to visit his brothers in Bañado, rain or shine. And so he did. Entering one of the tin shanties, an 85-year old man hugged him,Read More
Chile, by Antonio Barschiesi Ferrari • On October 18, 2012, the Schoenstatt Family of Villa Aleman enthroned the picture of the Blessed Mother in a wayside shrine of the La Asunción Peña Blanca Parish located in the eastern sector of the commune. During these two years the Schoenstatters have integrated themselves into the life of the church with strength and joy. They have participated in the Parish Council, are in charge of some of the Holy Masses, collaborate in catechesis, health pastoral, workshops for parents, couples pastoral and a longRead More
Today, Alicia and Carlos Ferré answer: They are collaborators in the Family Work, Diocese of San Miguel, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carlos Ferré is the author of the book, “The Social Saint: Joseph Kentenich’s thinking and practice about the social doctrine of the Church” and co-author of “Francis: The Joy that Springs from the People.”• Six months into the pilgrimage through the second century of the covenant of love…what is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, in theRead More