Rome Tag

From Fr Stefan Keller, Rome Representative of the General Council of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests, and Chairman of the Fifth General Congress of the Institute of Schoenstatt Priests • Fr Marcelo Adriano Cervi, Priest of the Jaboticabal Diocese, Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and parish priest of the parish of St John Batista in Bebedouro will become the new Rector of the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte, Rome on 20 January 2017. He is the successor of Fr Daniel Lozano, who has undertaken this task since 2 FebruaryRead More
An interview with Fr Christoph Löhr • What does Belmonte stand for? As Schoenstatters we immediately answer: For our Father and Founder, Fr Joseph Kentenich’s, vision of the future; but today, as those responsible for the building and management noted during our meeting with our colleagues for fundraising and communication, that has to be spelled out in detail: What is this vision of the future? This gives rise to the question: What is the future of the Church? How can the togetherness of priests and laity be re-ordered so thatRead More
ROME/VATICAN, by Maria Fischer • “I never imagined being here,” said Mercedes MacDonough. “I still can’t believe I’m here at the Holy Father’s Mass in St. Peters on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.” With love and emotion, she raises her pilgrim mother and a small cross of the Lord of the Miracles of Salta, Argentina, which she would later take to Room 101 at the Fr. Kentenich House in Belmonte, the “Argentina” room. It is 29 June, a Wednesday, but her dream to attend Pope Francis’ general audienceRead More
Our heart and our prayers in our Shrines go out to the victims of the cruel attack in Nice, to their friends and family, to helpers, doctors, police… God, have mercy! Nuestras oraciones en los Santuarios para las victimas del ataque horrible en Nice, sus amigos, sus familias, los médicos, policia… Dios, ten piedad. Unsere Gebete im Heiligtum für die Opfer des furchtbaren Anschlags in Nizza, für ihre Freunde und Familien, die Helfer, die Ärzte, die Polizisten… Gott, hab Erbarmen! #prayforNice Pope Francis: prayer and solidarity “We have followed duringRead More
By Cristina White, Campaign lay-adviser in the Argentinean Nueve de Julio Diocese on the anniversary of Joao Pozzobon’s death • In September 2004, a friend invited me on pilgrimage to Rome for the Belmonte Shrine blessing.  The day we arrived, which was the eve of the blessing, all the international Schoenstatt pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for a large celebration to be held in the Vatican Gardens at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto. As a missionary of the Campaign, I had a Pilgrim Mother that Fr. Esteban Uriburu hadRead More
ITALY, Federico Bauml • Everyone has a birthday, the day they were born. A priest, however, has two birthdays: his actual physical birth, and his ordination, which marks the moment of “re-birth.” Yet there is a difference between birthdays and ordinations: for on the former, it is others who give gifts to the one being celebrated, and for the latter, in addition to receiving gifts, the “birthday boy, ” is the gift, as well as being the one who now gives. There is no difference, however, when one chooses theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Thousands of Catholics and pilgrims from many countries once again stood in St. Peter’s Square on 25 May to participate in Pope Francis’ general audience, continuing his series of catechesis on Mercy in the New Testament.  The Holy Father unpacked the theme of prayer based on the reading of a passage from St. Luke’s gospel (18:1-8). “Prayer does not work like a magic wand! It helps us keep faith in God, and to entrust ourselves to him even when we do notRead More

Posted On 24.05.2016In Covenant Life

Tomatoes for Belmonte

GERMANY, Maria Fischer • May is Mary’s month in Germany and many other countries. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gerber, Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests, and many pilgrims celebrated the first May Devotion at the Shrine of Vocations in Freiburg-Merzhausen. Carmen Reinle and her husband were there, not just as pilgrims, but as Belmonte ambassadors. In the past few years Carmen has grown tomato plants from tomato seed from Belmonte (to be exact, from a business nearby), and sold them in spring at the shrine – fundraising for Belmonte and more: “ThroughRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • The Jubilee Audience on Saturday 14 May took place under a deluge of rain, but this did not stop thousands of pilgrims from crowding St. Peters’ Square to listen to Pope Francis’ catechesis, this time on piety. Pope Francis at St. Peter`s. Photo: Alexey Gotovsky / ACI Prensa Text of Pope Francis’ catechesis, 14.05.2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! It is not a very nice day, but you are brave and you came have come despite the rain. Thank you!Read More

Posted On 12.05.2016In Francis - Message

The Good Shepherd

FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • During the General Audience on 4 May in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis once again condemned the throwaway culture and emphasized that God does not act according to this culture’s parameters, but rather as the Good Shepherd – who does not resign himself to losing even one of his sheep – he goes out in search for each one of his children, especially the greatest sinners and the most abandoned. He goes out to meet the lost sheep…”God’s action is thatRead More