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PARAGUAY, Cristi Santa Cruz • I met Juanito when he first arrived at La Esperanza Educational Center (Youth Prison). He had just turned 15 and in between conversations he told me that he was not baptized. Talking a little more with him, I convinced him to begin the catechism classes for his baptism.  — With a very basic schooling, we started the catechesis, putting all the intelligence and the few pedagogical tools acquired, more by experience and intuition than by instruction, and we were learning who is God, his SonRead 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
COSTA RICA, Tatiana López •  March arrived, a month of great significance for Costa Rica. The 19th was awaited with great illusion, because the anniversary of the blessing of our Family of Hope Shrine would be celebrated. Everything was going relatively normally and the preparations for this great day continued. News arrived from the old world that Milan was suffering from the contagion of a virus that came from China, and at the same time they informed us that Madrid had its first victims.  These events seemed so far away.—Read More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer in conversation with Juan Vicente Ramírez • “We are already getting to the last few supplies of food”, commented Juan Vicente Ramírez, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Ciudad del Este, a member of the International Community of Schoenstatt Businesses and Executives (CIEES). “We have 4,500 food kits left for this month, and we’re done.” They end up not because he and the others have lost the desire to act in solidarity, but because they have already fulfilled their mission. “Now government assistance programs forRead More
UNITED IN PRAYER FOR THE WORLD, WITH POPE FRANCIS • United in prayer to invoke the help and assistance of Our Lady in the pandemic, and to entrust the whole of humanity to the Lord. On 30 May 2020, at 5:30 pm, Pope Francis will preside over the prayer of the Holy Rosary from the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. The Marian celebration, to be broadcast live on via satellite, is organised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, on the theme: “Devoted and with one accordRead More
SPAIN, Pilar de Beas • For me, the confinement began on March 10 due to a pneumonia that to this day I do not know if it was COVID-19.  Already medicated and with the antibiotic in place, I began to have an urgent need to “do something”. I even contacted a hospital to help (innocent of me) make calls to the relatives of sick people, since what worried me most from the beginning was the loneliness of people who were dying without any hands on theirs. — Here I learnedRead More
INITIATIVES IN TIMES OF PANDEMIA, initiated by the Community of Sant’Egidio – Thousands of people from different European countries have shared the appeal promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The first signatory is Andrea Riccardi, together with a group of personalities who express, in a different way, European culture. An appeal that quite obviously finds strong resonance among those who are worried about the situation of elderly citizens in these times of pademic.— This appeal comes from a concern of the Community of Sant’Egidio for the future of our societiesRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • Thanks to the “Intelligent Quarantine” decreed by the government of Paraguay, on Monday, May 4th, we re-opened the doors of the CMT  (Casa Madre de Tuparenda/House Mother of Tuparenda), “reinventing” ourselves to be able to continue giving the opportunity to our adult participants to rejoin the program and thus, together, to be able to accentuate the production of baked goods in the bakery and of mouth guards (so much in demand at this time of COVID-19) in the area of Industrial Confection. On the other hand,Read More
GERMANY, Bettina Betzner • In the midst of the turmoil of World War I in 1917, a young woman experiences an encounter that will change her life abruptly. For the observer it is an inconspicuous encounter and yet a decisive moment. After a prayer in a small side room in the military hospital, a conversation between two people begins, which will change their lives. Through Frater Franz Salzhuber, Countess Gertraud von Bullion learns about the existence of the Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt. It is an association of lay people whoRead More
CHILE, editorial staff • May 31st, the anniversary of the third milestone in Schoenstatt’s history, which marks the commitment of Father Kentenich and his Schoenstatt to think, act and love organically as the fruit of a profound conversion and as a condition for a new Pentecost in the Church, this year 2020, coincides with Pentecost Sunday. It is being celebrated, at the same time, during a world pandemic; and in Chile -where this milestone occurred in 1949- at a time of a profound ecclesial crisis at the root of theRead More