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FRANCIS AT WYD2016 IN POLOND, by Maria Fischer • “God saves us, then by making himself little, near and real.” These were the three words in Pope Francis’ homily at the Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora.  When Pope Francis visits a Marian shrine, he is at home.  She is his mother, as he admitted to Fr. Alexandre Awi in a long interview about his encounters with Mary.  But his love for Mary is always organic, it comes from God and leads to Him, comes from people and leadsRead More
The Holy See Press Office/AICA • The Holy See Press Office gave the following summary of the Letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church Rejuvenates) to the Bishops of the Catholic Church Regarding the Relationship Between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts in the Life and the Mission of the Church: The following is a summary of the Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Iuvenescit Ecclesia” (The Church rejuvenates), to the bishops of the Catholic Church on the relationship between hierarchicalRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 15 May. In his homily, he said that the essential aim of Jesus’ mission, culminating with the gift of the Holy Spirit was to “renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters.” The Spirit, given to us by the Father, leadsRead More
BRAZIL, by Sueli Vilarinho • Filled with the joy of the Year of Mercy, the Family League in Jaraguá- São Paulo-Brazil, together with Raquel from the Secular Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, organized a workshop on mercy on 16 April 2016 with reflections from Pope Francis and Fr. Kentenich’s 1965 Christmas Letter to the Schoenstatt Family, focusing on living mercy in the new image of the Son, the Father, and the new community. New Children The God of Love inspires us to be the true image of the newRead More
By Maria Fischer • It is a spring day in the Schoenstatt valley, with blue skies, bright sunshine, and intense natural colors that only happen in Germany this time of the year.  It is a very peaceful day; as I walked to the Original Shrine, I only saw a couple and much later, a small group of Sisters of Mary. However, before passing through the Door of Mercy, I took some photos, and I sent them via Whatsapp to some Ecuadorians, with the simple caption: “Praying for Ecuador.” I didRead More
From Archbishop em. Robert Zollitsch DD, Freiburg, for schoenstatt.org – a contribution to the series: What does the Holy Year of Mercy mean? • On 13 March 2013 Francis was elected Pope. On Sunday 17 March he prayed the Sunday Angelus on St Peter’s Square for the first time. On that occasion he told the people, “In these days I read a book by a good theologian, a really good theologian, Cardinal Walter Kasper. The book did me so much good, so much good. Cardinal Kasper said that everything changesRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY• We don’t know how many of the rectors and workers of the Schoenstatt shrine ministry attended and heard Pope Francis speak about welcoming the pilgrim: “It is important for pilgrims who cross the threshold of the shrine to feel treated more as family members than guests. They must feel at home, awaited, loved and looked upon with eyes of mercy.” This is one of the messages that Pope Francis gave to more than 3,000 participants of the Jubilee for Shrines and Pilgrimages,Read More
FRANCIS IN ROME • At noon in Rome, Pope Francis appeared in the window of the studio in the Apostolic Palace – as he does every Sunday – to pray the Angelus, which he dedicated to the gospel reading about the Wedding Feast of Cana, taken from the liturgy of the day May the Mother of Jesus help us to “rediscover with faith the beauty and richness” of the Eucharist and the other sacraments that “render present God’s faithful love for us,” Pope Francis prayed at the start of theRead More
ITALY, by Pamela Fabiano • The Roman family participated in the Covenant of Love of three girls from the Girls’ Youth on 18 December, at Cor Ecclesiae Shrine, Via Aurelia Antica, Rome. It had been several years since a Covenant of Love had been celebrated within the Italian Girls’ Youth, and not because the Blessed Mother had not called the girls’ hearts to herself. The desire to entrust their lives to the Blessed Mother, will all that it entails, and to allow themselves to be educated by her, was veryRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • Epiphany of the Lord, “Christmas that reaches out” Francis recalled that on Christmas night, Jesus revealed himself to the shepherds, the first to bring a little warmth to that cold grotto. Then the Magi arrived from a faraway land, also mysteriously attracted by that Child. He added that the shepherds and the Magi are very different but they are united by the heavens, because they all cast their eyes to the sky, saw a sign, listened to his message and followed him. Fr. Joseph Kentenich oftenRead More