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VATICAN, Cassio Leal • Dear Father Ailton, a few weeks ago, during your visit to Rome and the Vatican, you and four other Schoenstatt Fathers from the Dilectio Patris Vivens ex Sion (Living Love of the Father from Sion) had the opportunity to personally meet Pope Francis. For sure it was an unforgettable and very special moment in your priestly life and one that you will always carry in your memory and heart. Therefore, we would like to know how this conversation with the Holy Father went. — How wasRead More
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María Fischer • Javier Martínez-Brocal (Granada, Spain, 1978), journalist and writer, has lived in Rome since 2003. He is director of the Rome Reports news agency, author of El Papa de la Misericordia, collaborates with the Wall Street Journal and the ABC newspaper of Madrid, directs the weekly program “The world seen from Rome”, which is broadcast on television in thirty countries. On January 11, 2022 – by intuition, luck or professionalism or all together – he was just in the perfect place to take a photo that was toRead More
Authority and Responsibilities of Governance in Lay Aggregations
VATICAN, Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life • On September 16, 2021, the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life summoned the moderators, presidents, and international leaders of all ecclesial movements, new communities, and associations recognized or erected by the Holy See to reflect on the theme “The responsibility of governance in lay aggregations. An ecclesial service”. — The core issue of the day was that of closely examining the themes included in the General Decree “The International Associations of the Faithful“, with the aim of reflecting together on the exerciseRead More
USA, Zachary E. Larson • Among all the major events occurring around the world, one happened rather quietly: the crowning moment of a vocation. Jeff Roedel, the first Schoenstatt Father to be ordained in the USA in 16 years, became a Roman Catholic Priest on June 6th, 2020. When Archbishop Listecki laid his hands on the Wisconsinite and conferred the Holy Spirit upon him, Jeff’s work of many years reached its peak. —   Some of Jeff’s friends journeyed from afar to accompany him. I and several other members ofRead More
NIGERIA, Okpala Michael I. • The priesthood is a gift from God to the Church and the world. Through the ministry of the priesthood, the sacrifice of Christ, and Christ himself, is made present in the sacred Body and Blood of Christ, God meets humanity in its utter miserableness, and, humanity is drawn up into the mercy of God. Heaven thus meets earth, and, earth is led heavenwards. This is the ministry that our four brothers have undertaken today. — Anointed with the Holy Spirit On this day, 25 MayRead More
POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer with material from ACIprensa • With prisoners once again. His favourites. The most forgotten and abandoned. During the afternoon of 18 April at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the foot-washing ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis urged the faithful to always be “brothers in service” as Jesus taught his apostles, and to put aside the ambition to dominate the other. As we meditate on the gesture and message of Pope Francis, we think of all the prison ministry projects within our SchoenstattRead More
WORLD YOUTH DAY PANAMA 2019 • In a video message in preparation for WYD in Panama, the Pope urges young people to disrupt the great powers of this world with the “revolution of service”, in dialogue with God and an attitude of listening, like Mary. — At a time when we are witnessing the abuse of power and conscience, the Holy Father gives the youth and all of us a message that is truly Marian: the message of selfless service. In the words of Fr. Kentenich, we often pray toRead More
CHILE, Orlando Valle • Recently, we have been experiencing difficult times as Church in Chile. So the following story, Orlando Valle sent us (he’s the leader of the Men’s Branch of the Family from Agua Santa, Viña del Mar and also a Madrugador) gives us much joy and hope in the contributions of the laity and those consecrated to the service of the Church, and consequently, in the consolidation of one of the Schoenstatt objectives: the Universal Apostolic Confederation. The Diocese of Valparaiso joyfully welcomed Bishop Pedro Ossadón, the apostolicRead More
PARAGUAY, Agr. Eng. Martin Pereira Ortiz • At present the entire world is experiencing climate change, heat or cold spikes, hurricanes, violent rain, hailstorms, or prolonged droughts are happening more often. These natural disasters increase as a result of the imbalance we cause, or being realistic, what we previously called weather phenomena will be natural disasters in the future. In Paraguay, a small country of South America, a group of Agricultural Engineers, all of them Schoenstatters, united to contribute our knowledge, our hands and above all our covenant culture, toRead More
FRANCIS on the periphery, by Maria Fischer with content from Vatican Radio and Aleteia • The washing of feet on Holy Thursday, calling to mind Jesus, reminds us that “God loves us to the ends of the earth” despite our sinfulness. Pope Francis reminded us of this during the Mass of the Last Supper, which he celebrated at Paliano prison. It is Italy’s only prison for “collaborators of justice”, former mafia members who turn state witness to testify against their former associates and require protection.  In 2013, a few daysRead More