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Pilar Andrade, Spain • The issue of environmentalism bothers a lot of people. They find the demonstrations in which thousands of people – especially young people – take to the streets demanding measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe, exaggerated. Greta Thünberg, in particular, is bothering people: how can a teenage brat teach government leaders lessons? In Spain, which is where I write from, many associate environmentalism with the extreme left, and therefore with a political ideology whose historical roots are not only alien, but even contradictory to some aspects ofRead More
By Bettina Betzner, Germany  • Dear Pope Francis, I would like to have a personal conversation with you about ‘Laudato Si’. I would like to seek your warm closeness, to look into your eyes, to be captured by your warm gaze, to be moved by your spiritual depth and your authenticity, to make your concern my concern… I had this experience when I saw the film “A Man of His Word” by Wim Wenders. —   Meeting you has changed something in me. After your message in the film IRead More
WORLD MISSION DAY, POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE • Pope Francis dedicated this message for World Mission Day, to be celebrated on 21 October 2018, to the youth, saying that the “conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.” The message was published on Pentecost, the feast day of the young and missionary church. Francis explained that the next Synod, taking place in Rome in October, mission moth, will provide an opportunity to better understand,Read More
POPE FRANCIS’ANGELUS , editorial team • Pope Francis opened the registration for JMJ Panamá 2019.  At that moment Ricardo “Riki” Villalba, a member of the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth from Paraguay was beside the Pope with Tablet in hand, literally his “right hand”: he has been living in Rome for almost a year as a missionary within the context of project  “Misión Roma” (“Mission Rome”), an initiative of support for the growth of the Schoenstatt Youth in Rome.  Tablet in hand and with a smile brimming with happiness, clicking (three times)Read More
PRAYING IN SOLIDARITY WITH POPE FRANCIS • As he often does after the Angelus, Pope Francis on Sunday, 28 January urged the Church to unite in prayer, this time especially for the victims of the recent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Yesterday from Afghanistan arrived the painful news of the terrible terrorist massacre carried out in the capital Kabul, with almost a hundred dead and numerous wounded. A few days ago another serious attack, still in Kabul, had sowed terror and death in a large hotel. How long will the AfghanRead More
OPENING OF THE KENTENICH YEAR – Fr. JUAN PABLO CATOGGIO • The Schoenstatt Movement all over the world opens a “Kentenich Year” today, September 15, 2017, in preparation of the 50th anniversary of its founder’s death. The emphasis is not put on the internal life of the Schoenstatt Family itself but rather outside, committing to share his charism and asking for the grace of apostolic zeal and fruitfulness in order to be creative and daring in the moment of sharing his message. “You’re aware that a charism is not aRead More
Towards the Youth Synod – “Pope Francis wants to hear you” • My history I’m a young woman, originally from Durban, studying physiotherapy in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. I come from a very small family consisting of my Mom, Gran and Grandad and we’re a very tight-knit family, so leaving home to come and study was very difficult for me. Thankfully I moved into a residence for female students run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary and after living here for the last 3 years, itRead More
schoenstatt.org • Nos unimos en oración y con aportes al capital de gracias, desde nuestros Santuarios, en estos momentos de dolor. Rezando por las victimas del ataque terrorista en Barcelona, por sus familias y amigos, y por todos los medicos, policías, periodistas y ayudantes. We unite in prayer and with contributions to the capital of grace, from our Shrines, in these moments of pain. Praying for the victims of the terror attack in Barcelona, for their families and friends, and for all physicians, police, journalists and helpers. Wir verbinden unsRead More
VATICAN/CHILE, Maria Fischer • The worst forest fires registered in Chile’s history are affecting southern Chile. More than 4 million people were deployed to attend to the emergency. Among them were military personnel, firefighters, volunteers and brigades, as well as thirty-seven aircraft, water trucks and heavy machinery to combat the fires. Six deaths have been reported from the worst forest fires in Chile’s history. They have consumed more than 190,000 hectares of forests and farmland in the central and southern part of the country, according to the latest report fromRead More
PARAGUAY, Melissa N. Torres A. • At Fr. Martín Gómez’ request the Professional Women’s Branch took on the apostolate at Good Shepherd prison in Asunción. Since May 2015, every Sunday from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Branch volunteers travel through every unit of the prison accompanied by the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign’s Pilgrim Mother. They teach the inmates to pray; they share the Gospel and pray the rosary.  On one of these visits, the mothers from the Amanecer unit expressed their desire to have their children baptized, and incredibly, they alsoRead More