Italy Tag

ITALY, Maria Lucrezia Rallo • The month of May illuminates and brings every Christian closer to Mary. Woman of strength, beautiful, and heavenly. Who would not want to be like her? Each one of us makes our life a continuous imitation of this, everyone tends to aim at a new model that bears no resemblance to what we are seeing today. This new model is Mary, and imitating this life are the lives of every man and woman who, with pure hearts accept the immense love of our Mother, andRead More
SCHOENSTATT/ITALY, Federico Bauml • Twenty young people decided to spend a weekend in Schoenstatt from 13 to 15 April. For some this was the first time, for others a pleasant return; for all, an experience to remember. — Four years have passed since that August 2014, when with the university chaplaincy, we chose Germany as the destination for our summer pilgrimage into which we inserted Schoenstatt as one of our stops. Many years, perhaps too many, certainly enough to make grow in us the desire to go back to thatRead More
ITALY, Federico Bauml • Traditionally during Holy Week, the Italian Schoenstatt Youth’s Family Mission took place. We asked two of the participants, Giacomo Zara and Anna Minici, to tell schoenstatt.org about it. — “Whoever begins well is halfway done” Giacomo, 23 years, was one of those overseeing the mission, an onerous task, characterized by a thousand unforeseen issues, brought to completion – together with Denise, another who was sharing the responsibility  – in the best possible way. Here is his testimony. “During the second half of this year’s Holy Week,Read More
ITALY/UNIVERSAL CHURCH, Schoenstatt.org with the Sant’Egidio Press Office • “Dear friends, thank you very much for your friendship and affection. We are sending you the German translation of the address by Pope Francis and Prof. Andrea Riccardi on the 50th anniversary of the Sant’Egidio Community.” This was the message sent to Schoenstatt.org by Cesare Zucconi, the Secretary General of the Sant’Egidio Community on the morning of 13 March, on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election.  “The poor are your treasure,” is the central focus of Pope Francis’ message. ThatRead More
ITALY, Community Sant’Egidio • Sant’Egidio welcomes with great joy the announcement of Pope Francis’ visit to the Community for its 50th anniversary – on Sunday 11th March in Trastevere. Pope Francis will meet once more with the “people of Sant’Egidio”. After meeting with Prof. Andrea Riccardi who initiated the path of the Community 50 years ago in Rome, His Holiness will encounter some representatives coming from different cities of Italy and the world, followed by the youngsters of Sant’Egidio and the poor friends of the Community: refugees – here thanksRead More
ROME, by Fr. Rolando Montes de Oca • “Come with us, we want to tear veil of indifference,” Alessandro Monteduro, the director of “Aid to the Church in Need” in Italy, told me. I asked myself, why not, because in fact, the number of persecuted Christians in the world has grown in recent years; there are many million of them. “We will light up the Colosseum in red and they will see: the Church authorities, the president of the European Parliament, and particularly, the victims of Islamist violence.” This couldRead More
INDIA/ITALY, Maria Fischer with Fr. Simon Donnelly • A few days ago, Fr. Simon Donnelly, a South African Schoenstatt Priest who works in the Vatican, got a Whatsapp message from India with a photo and a few words from an American, Ashley, who is married to an Indian, John, both exemplary Catholics. “They live in Rome but are visiting in-laws in Goa. They know that I am attached to Schoenstatt and so they sent this photo to me from India a couple of days ago,” Fr. Simon shared. And thisRead More
ITALY, Maria Lucrezia Rallo • 2017 has surely been a year this large Schoenstatt Family will remember, among other things, for Italy’s first group of Apostles, and Sicily and Apulia’s first Girls’ Youth. It was a year when everyone’s collaboration allowed Mary’s light to enter the hearts of those we met on the way as one small group of little girls bore witness —these Apostles, who in their littleness present their reality to Mary daily. Christmas is… In concluding this year, these small Apostles from Marineo carried out (in onlyRead More
ITALY, Gisela Ciola • Faithful to our commitment, we, the missionaries of northern Italy, got to work on October 9. We prepared introducing our Queen to the Erba (in Como) community for the first time with a Mass in her honor: A great deal of work was done; each one of us had a precise and important commission: making brochures to invite the people to participate in the Mass, coordinating with the pastor, preparing the presentation that would be made in the Church, and organizing our travel logistics from TrentoRead More
ROMA BELMONTE, Fr. Armin Noppenberger • Belmonte-Rome, August 13 -20, from the Oberchwaben and Baden regions in southern Germany, sixteen young people, teens, Carmen (the cook), and Jürgen Reinle (the Foreman), once again came and did construction work at the Schoenstatt International Center in Belmonte-Rome. The team was partially renewed by word of mouth with others who were fans of Belmonte and had already participated on other occasions. The Belmonte Commission and the architect, Mr. Pörsch, had designed three work projects for these young workers. To clean the “intercapedine”, aRead More