jubilee Tag

Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa •   A Christian does not have the right to be an orphan…we have a Mother. For me, this is probably the most powerful sentence of the entire message that Pope Francis shared with the Schoenstatt Family last year. We have a Mother Sometimes it is very easy to feel abandoned. When a company closes down and the workers are retrenched. A mother whose child has grown apart from the family circle and never comes home to visit. That same child who turned his or herRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • It’s been ten months since about 5,000 representatives (and thousands more who were watching at home) of the International Schoenstatt Family gathered in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican for an unforgettable encounter with Pope Francis. The audience was more than just the final big event of the two-week celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Schoenstatt Movement and the Covenant of Love in a small shrine in Germany. Fr. José Maria Garcia, in the introduction to the book containing Pope Francis’ messageRead More
We are Pilar de Beas and José A. Alvaredo, a couple from the first course of the Spanish Family Federation. We both come from the youth branches of the movement. We have been married for thirty-three years, have six children and we are the founders and presidents of the Asociación Eduvida [Edulife Association] (http://www.eduvida.es), where we have taught courses for engaged couples for more than thirty years, family planning courses for fifteen years (we are monitors of the Sympto-Thermal Couple-to-Couple method) and courses of affective sexual education for ten years.Read More
VATICAN, Ary Ramos Waldes Díaz/Aleteia.org and editorial team • “Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clearly her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful,Read More
“The Original Shrine has again to look like it was during the Jubilee”, Norbert Weweler, the Sacristan remarked on Sunday afternoon to Andreza Ortigoza and Graciela Vera, two delegates from Paraguay, who had just arrived at the Original Shrine. For them both it was their first visit and they were deeply touched. In order to follow up the Jubilee in Schoenstatt, Rome and all the other countries, and to find a direction into the future, the “Pentecost Congress” began in the Fr Kentenich House on Monday 18 May. The MCsRead More
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation published the official prayer for the Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Year that Pope Francis proclaimed, starting on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will culminate on 20 November 2016 on the Solemnity of the Christ the King. The prayer can be found on the official website of the Jubilee of Mercy, the theme of which is taken from St. Luke’s Gospel: “Merciful as the Father,” and invites all the faithful in the world to comeRead More
María Teresa Ramírez Canales, Chilean, from Santiago and manager of Nueva Patris: answers today • Six months into the pilgrimage through the second century of the Covenant of Love…what is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, in the world, and in our mission? The truth is that my dream would be that the entire world would know the wonderful richness that exists in Schoenstatt. After experiencing the Jubilee celebration, one remains on fire and with a full heart. The firstRead More
org. "Pope Francis looks ahead and calls for a Church that sets out, because “God’s word constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him ‘to go forth’” (EG20). Those who only look back and want to preserve it, will lose the future. That is why our Holy Father urges us “to move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry”." Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch from Freiburg, and Head of the German Bishops' Conference up until 2013, chose "Evangelii Gaudium" as the themeRead More