poverty Tag

PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • Since early morning, hundreds of pilgrims arrived at Mary’s dwelling in Tupãrenda. The boys from Mother of Tupãrenda House also arrived, before the 8:00 am Mass as usual… But this day was like not the previous ones… There was a great deal of movement: people, vehicles, automobiles, and large buses that parked on the grounds of the national shrine of Paraguay. It was Our Lady of Schoenstatt, our beloved Blessed Mother’s Day. Every year on October 18, thousands of pilgrims arrive in Tupãrenda from all theRead More
PARAGUAY,  Adriana Cardozo • Mother of Tupãrenda House is located in the midst of Route II’s busy traffic in Itauguá.  The House has an excellent staff that affectionately and patiently works and is proper in those who love the tasks they do.  Ani Souberlich, its director, is the most faithful reflection of this group. They fulfill their mission of “saving” the lives of many youths with total commitment. Mother of Tupãrenda House is a Project of Socio-educational Re-integration and Personal Development aimed at teens between the ages of 16-18, whoRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich and Maria Fischer • On July 30, the afternoon was sunny yet cool. Some youths were seen close to the wayside shrine, each one with his guitar in hand. They were playing and singing, amid embarrassment, nerves, laughter that was more or less contained, before beginning to make a serious effort to rehearse some songs… It looked a Boys’ Youth camp or an enjoyable moment from the Missions… But we were looking at some youths who until a few months ago had been in jail and livedRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich, director of Mother of Tupãrenda House • On 30 June, the Mother of Tupãrenda House was once again festively decorated in celebration for a participant’s graduation from the 9-month project. One more young man has shown us that he only needed the opportunity to have another option for life. He needed someone who would show him the right road, to learn the road, and to choose the best for himself and his family. Relatives of the graduate, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, and Lourdes Marín, representing Fundaprova (Foundation forRead More
FOCOLARE MOVEMENT, Press Release • 1100 people from 49 countries, involved in the Economy of Communion, will meet Pope Francis on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Eight people own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population. This is what Oxfam Report 2017 says. Runaway inequality is condemning hundreds of millions of people to poverty and highlighting the iniquity of the current economic system. In this complex situation, the Economy of Communion may be considered as a prophetic sign. It originated in May 1991, in Brazil as a reactionRead More
PARAGUAY, vía Dequeni.org.py • Within the framework of “Rebuild Hope” Campaign, the Dequení foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the work to improve “Costa Sosa” (Luque) and “Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Ypané) community centers, with the support received from businesses and generous donors. These community centers suffered serious damage to the roof and walls due to deterioration from the constant storms during the past year; as a result, Dequení transferred their activities to temporary locations. Thus at the beginning of this year, the Foundation proposed to implementRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • “For me, Dequení is a blessing.  Thanks for making it possible for me to be here.” Every spring, the children from Dequení usually greet supporters with messages like that of 9-year-old Sofia, inviting them to be joyful and for rebirth.  This time, they surprised them during training at the Central House in Fernando de la Mora. Dequení is a blessing for thousands of Paraguayan children, children who come from families of limited resources. Children forced to drop out of school, or those who never see theRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE – Impressions of 1 July 2016, morning • “That’s awesome that’s absolutely awesome!” Manuela Miller didn’t spend much time with the welcome. She and her husband, Peter, were collaborating in one of the nineteen forums on the first day of the Congress “Together for Europe”, but they didn’t have much to say about that. Their main concern was their experience of the openness for one another, the togetherness they had experienced from the first day of the congress in the countless people they met – old andRead More
FRANCIS IN CUBA – MISSIONARY OF MERCY • On the second day of his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis improvised an address to the bishops and the religious, calling for “poverty and mercy.” Taking up the theme of the sermon in the Mass, from disinterested service instead of service of the other and also of one’s own misery, he emphasized the service that many missionaries had carried out in the Caribbean island. He thanked them for this service, particularly toward the little ones, the neediest. “There are pastoral services whichRead More
PARAGUAY, by Noelia Ferreira and Maria Fischer • On Sunday, 3 May, Holy Mass was celebrated in Tupãrenda on the occasion of Dequeni’s 30th Anniversary with the presence of many benefactors and sponsors, who collaborated with the Dequení mission, a great project born from the Covenant of Love. Bishop Claudio Giménez, Schoenstatt Father and Bishop of Caácupé, celebrated the Mass. The Blessed Mother was crowned as Queen of Loyalty to Dequení for accompanying this work throughout all these years. Offerings The day’s torrential rains delayed Bishop Claudio’s arrival from CaácupéRead More