peace Tag

Stand with Ukraine
EUROPE, Shrines of Europe • The association of the most important European Marian shrines supports Ukraine’s EU accession and calls on Putin to withdraw Russian troops immediately. — In a public writing to the European Parliament, the Shrines of Europe support Ukraine’s wish to join the EU. And in an open letter to Vladimir Putin, the association of the most important European Marian shrines appeals to the Russian president to immediately withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine: “We oppose Russia’s assault on Ukraine and utterly condemn the devastating hostilities carried outRead More
2022
POPE FRANCIS – Easter Message 2022 • At 12 noon, from the Central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father Francis addressed the Easter Message to the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square and to those listening to him through radio, television and other media. — Then, after the announcement of the granting of the indulgence given by Cardinal Protodeacon Renato Raffaele Martino, the Pope imparted the “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing. We publish below the Easter Message of the Holy Father: Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus, theRead More
guerra
Pedro M. Dillinger/Maria Fischer • “He will establish justice between nations and rebuke many peoples. Then they will forge their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning knives. They will not lift up sword, nation against nation, and they will no longer learn war” (Isaiah 2:4). Words of the Holy Scriptures which in the 80s of the last century became the slogan of the peace movement in Eastern Germany and partly also in West Germany – swords into plowshares! Words that are becoming loud again today in the faceRead More
Consagración
POPE FRANCIS – PRAYER FOR PEACE, Editors • At St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, more than 3,000 people watched the ceremony, while another 2,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square on March 25, the Feast of the Incarnation of the Lord, to support Pope Francis’ initiative. Another gesture by the Pope to end the war. Another strong appeal from Francis to end the conflict “that makes everyone suffer.” All over the world, the faithful gathered in different ways for a global prayer. Also in the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt, as inRead More
Ukrainische Flüchtlinge
Poland/Ukraine, P. Arkadiusz Sosna/mf. • “Starting from today we are welcoming the people of Ukraine in our home. In this moment I am on the train. I see many people, most of whom are women with children. Right now, all is calm here. Up to yesterday, more than seven hundred thousand refugees had arrived. The men have gone off to fight in Ukraine. They are around 70,000”, so wrote father Arkadiusz Sosna from Poland this past March, imploring prayers for peace.  — Some have stayed just for a short while, “only passingRead More
Ukraine
Pope Francis – Peace for Ukraine • Donations flow, refugees are welcomed in almost all of Europe, every evening people take to the streets against Russia’s war in Ukraine, also in Russia; many, very many pray. On the world map of the Schoenstatt shrines, all the shrines bear the colors of Ukraine. Many companies suspend their activities in Russia, politicians, scientists and celebrities call for an end to the bloodshed. This Sunday, Pope Francis appeals to the world: “War is madness! Stop it, please! Look at the cruelty!” —  Read More
Lichterkette für den Frieden - Lichterkette für die Ukraine
GERMANY, schoenstatt.org network • A sign of solidarity: on Friday evening, more than 250 participants, candles in hand, formed a human chain from the little chapel to the Victory Column in Dietershausen (Fulda district). “We want to help and pray for the people in the war zone. We hope that the hopeless situation will be solved and the suffering in Ukraine will end,” said Ilona Wehner, a citizen from Dietershausen and initiator of the action. —   The idea came up spontaneously: “I woke up and thought that only aRead More
Ukraine
Bischof Dr. Michael Gerber, Fulda, Germany • We are deeply moved by the news we are currently receiving hourly from Eastern Europe, especially from Ukraine. Our solidarity goes out to those who are directly affected by the war, to those who have lost loved ones, to the injured, traumatized, to those who are on the run and face the ruins of their existence. — Against the backdrop of many years of friendly ties with the Church in Ukraine, especially with the diocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, very concrete descriptions of the dramasRead More
Ukraine
GERMANY, Brigitte Oelschner • “Only the prayerful can still succeed / In stopping the sword above our heads / And wresting this world from the judging powers / Through a sanctified life.” I am reminded of this quote by Reinhold Schneider, often heard during the Second World War, these days when I follow how much politicians and representatives of social society are trying to end the disaster in Ukraine and to come to the aid of the suffering population. — In many German schools, children had the day off fromRead More
Ucrania
POPE FRANCIS – LET’S PRAY FOR UKRAINE • After praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Feb. 27, Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in the face of the war that has raged on Ukrainian territory since the Russian attacks of Feb. 24. — Here his message in the original wording: In recent days we have been shaken by something tragic: war. Time and again we have prayed that this road would not be taken. And let us not stop talking; indeed, letRead More