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IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCIS, ACIprensa and schoenstatt.org • Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, affirmed that those who protected the Holy Father in the Central African Republic, were “a human chain” of very poor people, who constantly ran around the Popemobile and never left the Pope alone, and he was defended by any possible danger”. This is what the Cardinal said after the papal visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, which ended 30 November. He made the statement toRead More
Rome – Belmonte, by María Fischer • Tuesday, 9 June 2015, A thundershower at the end of a hot summer’s day in Rome. It couldn’t be more simple. In the Matri Ecclesiae Shrine in Rome a handful of people have gathered to celebrate Holy Mass – an Argentinian, Brazilians, Germans, Italians and a young walker from the Ukraine who is taking refuge from the rain. As usual there are two jars in the shrine – the big one from the Tuparenda shrine in Paraguay filled with countless slips of paperRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • For some time there has been a growing unease in Burundi. Lauded as a success story in the mid-90s for emerging from a bloody civil war into peace time democracy, Burundi’s golden fairytale has come to an end. A few months ago, the first whispers that not all was well in the small country began to surface. The whispers became rumours, rumour became fear, fear brought back memories of the dark days of war and ethnic tensions. The first few people began to leave theRead More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer • We were almost leaving, bidding farewell once again to this young and a struggling mother, who can barely speak Spanish, but at least she understands our language better than we understand her Guaraní. We understood the pride and gratitude of her gestures when she showed us her garden, her plants, and above all her little house, which is very small but clean and painted a light turquoise. While her daughter, Luz, a timid little girl, with difficulty moving her hands and feet, simply smiled and lookedRead More
By Maria Fischer, from Buenos Aires • “I heartily thank you for the books, “Cultura del encuentro” [“Culture of encounter”] designed for this purpose. By doing this you are helping to take in Pope Francis’ message more profoundly,” wrote Archbishop Emeritus, Robert Zollitsch, from Freiburg, Germany in mid-March, after receiving some German edition copies. Auxiliary Bishop, Michael Gerber was also happy to be able to give a couple of copies. A few days later, on 25 March, in Encarnación: Bishop Francisco Javier Pistilli, a Schoenstatt Father, gladly received the copyRead More
ARGENTINA, La Plata, Guillermo Lubrani • A substantive return emerged from the first beautiful meeting with Maria Fischer…whose profundity inspires: “We remember that the treasures that we have in our hearts, which are many, should be shared with others…otherwise they would not be treasures…or they would be hidden treasures no one can enjoy.” At the same time, I recalled the Biblical text of the example of the lamp: “Jesus told them: “Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it givesRead More
org. How does Francis celebrate the anniversary of his election? By hearing confessions. On Friday 13 March, Pope Francis presided over a penitential celebrations in St. Peter's Basilica to begin the "24 hours for the Lord," promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. It is an invitation to the Church everywhere in the world and the motto this year is "God rich in mercy." In his Lenten Message for 2015 Pope Francis said: "Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! TheRead More