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WYD PANAMA, Pope Francis’ messages 24.01.2019, María Fischer• “I just heard the Pope’s words to the bishops in Central America. These are words for us to reread, pray, and discover the message in order to bring it to life. Not only for the religious but also for lay people who play any pastoral role,” commented Ana María Ghiggi from the Schoenstatt.org team after the live transmission of Pope Francis’ meeting on 24 January. We share the messages here so that we can read, pray, and discover and bring Pope Francis’Read More
POPE FRANCIS – CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2018 • Sitting around the table at the jewellery workshop of the Brothers of Mary in Schoenstatt in the afternoon on Christmas Day, a Paraguyan, a German who lived in Chile for nearly 25 years, an English woman who was born in India, and a half-Latina German woman, we spoke about how to translate “fraternity.” Or rather, we were talking about Pope Francis’ message and about inculturation, internationality, internationalization (of the Schoenstatt communities, the place of origin) and the international mission of schoenstatt.org and itsRead More
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • It was November of 2014, shortly after the Schoenstatt Movement celebrated its Jubilee, when a group of Schoenstatters from Spain decided to seal a Covenant with Pope Francis, a Covenant we had been preparing for months. — Some were able to travel to Rome in October 2014, and read the prayer we had prepared at St. Peter’s.  Afterwards on November 1st of that same year, we celebrated the Covenant with the Pope at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Madrid.  Altogether we wrote a letter to Francis explainingRead More
September 15, 2018, Tuparenda, Closing of the Father Kentenich Year, the Most Reverend Francisco Javier Pistilli, Bishop of Encarnación • 1          Who do they say I am? Identity, power and following The question of Jesus to his disciples occurs in the context of what many comment after having seen the power of the Lord. This new Master has made himself known by his many marvels/wonders. Who do they say that I am? It is not only about defining his nature but also understanding his strength, his power, his mystery. ManyRead More
PARAGUAY, Adriana Cardozo • Sometimes a random act, that is somewhat trivial, like googling “Help for couples in the Schoenstatt Movement” leads us in ways God has prepared for us. This is how I got to know the Blessed Mother and a transformation of my life and family began, albeit with some stumbles and interruptions. — We had reached the level of the Family Branch Covenant, but looking back, I realized that had been made possible through many people I met in the Movement. Today I clearly understand they wereRead More
PARAGUAY, Mabel and Aldo Alonso • In October 2011, Aldo and I together began to write our story, knowing that it would not be easy, but we never thought it would be so difficult. A short time after being married, a tumor was discovered in my head. We suffered, but we were able to overcome our first great trial. Later I became pregnant and joy filled our home. Weeks later, I lost my baby, and the sorrow was so profound that it seemed impossible for us to recover. Although weRead More
ARGENTINA, Federico Stellato/Maria Fischer • Since the beginning of February, a symbol, greatly loved by many Schoenstatters from Argentina and beyond, is traveling to various places and communities in Argentina: it has to do with one of the numerous copies of a bronze plate with an impression of Father Kentenich’s hand.  The journey began in Ituzaingo, Corrientes Province, and during March will be in the Archdiocese of Corrientes and Resistencia. — It is an initiative in the context of the Father Kentenich Year and emerged from the Advisers’ Headquarters.  SinceRead More
NIGERIA, Collins Ike Nwafor • On 21 September 2017, the Schoenstatt Fathers in Nigeria celebrated a tripartite event: the end of the Course Tertianship for the Apostles of the Covenant of Love; this Course’s sealing a Covenant of Love with Father Joseph Kentenich; and the official beginning of the “Kentenich Year” as inaugurated on 15 September, 2017 by the entire Schoenstatt Movement. The immanence of God continues to radiate in humanity through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God promised by Christ and descended upon the ApostlesRead More
CHILE, Fr. Egon M. Zillekens, Fr. Alejandro Blanco, Maria Fischer • “If I am attached to Schoenstatt, I identify with all that pertains to Schoenstatt, and all that comes forth from Schoenstatt,” Fr. Kentenich said near the end of 1933, at a conference on the “mystery of Schoenstatt.” A few days ago in Schoenstatt – concretely in the Federation of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests in Chile – something very important has happened. And as an eloquent form of interaction, taken on the one hand by an open attitude, and on theRead More
PARAGUAY, Mónica Enciso • After several months of preparation, fifteen young women from the Asunción Professional Women’s Branch decided to seal a Covenant with Fr. Kentenich in a very special way by going on pilgrimage to the New Schoenstatt Shrine located in Florencio Varela – Argentina, a shrine blessed by Fr. Joseph Kentenich. Upon arriving at New Schoenstatt on Saturday, 1 October, they experienced great emotion at the Father Shrine, blessed in 1952, by the Father and Founder, where he knelt in front of the altar many times. More thanRead More