solidarity Tag

SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • It was November of 2014, shortly after the Schoenstatt Movement celebrated its Jubilee, when a group of Schoenstatters from Spain decided to seal a Covenant with Pope Francis, a Covenant we had been preparing for months. — Some were able to travel to Rome in October 2014, and read the prayer we had prepared at St. Peter’s.  Afterwards on November 1st of that same year, we celebrated the Covenant with the Pope at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Madrid.  Altogether we wrote a letter to Francis explainingRead More
PARAGUAY, Lourdes and Jaime Ortiz • The Rosario de la Aurora (Dawn Rosary) started on Saturday, 5 March 1999, at Santuario Joven in Asunción. We go back to December 1998, when Schoenstatt in Paraguay held its annual Schoenstatt Family Planning Meeting, where the motto and the objectives for the year 1999 were decided.— We participated as the recently elected leaders of the League Members of Asunción. At one point during the meeting, while sharing with the other participants, the representatives from the Diocese of Ciudad del Este commented that theyRead More
We publish the letter that Fr. Juan Pablo  Catoggio on September 30, 2018, sent to the entire Schoenstatt Family and make ours his request to share it with our communities, communication channels etc.  — 29 de septiembre de 2018   Dear Schoenstatt Family, For some time, I have thought once and again that we should do something special to support the Pope during these difficult times in which he is aggressively openly questioned and criticized. The Church is strongly rocked and especially because of internal factors. In the final messageRead More
POPE FRANCIS – MESSAGES AND GESTURES • “I believe, based on several messages, that some Christians are uncertain whether or not it is ethical, good or bad, to rescue the immigrants who are in obvious danger of being shipwrecked and dying. I find it positive that the Holy Father has resolved this uncertainty for them,” commented José Antonio Cerezuela on Twitter. He is from Barcelona and describes himself as “one more among 8 billion. Trying to post a positive tweet every day.” Either way, this is a positive tweet, togetherRead More
NICARAGUA/COSTA RICA, Gonzalo Vega with Maria Fischer • The situation in Nicaragua escalates, day by day. Fr. José Luis Correa has written to Schoenstatters, before the first Nicaraguans seal the Covenant of Love, to give them encouragement and courage in this situation.— For several years, the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign has been present in Nicaragua. In April 2016, Fr. José Luis Correa and two couples from Costa Rica, Ronald and Giovanna Sauter and Gonzalo and Ileana Vega, were in Nicaragua for the first time. From this visit, and the continuous supportRead More
By Maria Fischer • “They look like illegal migrants,” seems to say the border official at one of these borders crowded by hundreds of migrants and refugees, who, according to public opinion and even some emerging political parties choose “our country first,” threaten the culture, well-being and security of leading countries. Someone like the person who is approaching this border from the other side: a man in shabby clothes, a woman who looks far too young to already have a child and who now presents her baby who is justRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • Never far from the daily events, on 14 July Pope Francis used his Twitter account to send “send my cordial greetings to all those following the World Soccer Championships that begin today in Russia. I hope this sports event may be a positive opportunity for encounter and fellowship.” While the world’s interest turns to the World Cup, Pope Francis on 17 June once again used the Angelus prayer to call for a globalization of solidarity with nations and people who areRead More
ROME, by Fr. Rolando Montes de Oca • “Come with us, we want to tear veil of indifference,” Alessandro Monteduro, the director of “Aid to the Church in Need” in Italy, told me. I asked myself, why not, because in fact, the number of persecuted Christians in the world has grown in recent years; there are many million of them. “We will light up the Colosseum in red and they will see: the Church authorities, the president of the European Parliament, and particularly, the victims of Islamist violence.” This couldRead More
BRAZIL, Vítor H. Possetti • Children and teens from the Catarina Kentenich Educational Center/Children’s Shelter carried out inspiring acts of solidarity at the end of the year in Sâo Paulo. Helping the neediest Inspired by the Christmas spirit and the end of the year, the children and teens of the Catarina Kentenich Educational  Center Shelter decided to carry out different acts of solidarity throughout Sâo Paulo. The majority of them are members of the Boys’ Youth (Jumas) and the Apostles. In the shadow of the Mother and Queen’s Shrine inRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • On 2 December I received the sad news that the Schoenstatt Shrine in Johannesburg had been robbed. The thieves had got in through a window and stolen everything containing some kind of metal (probably to be melted or sold), including the tabernacle. Thank God the Schoenstatt Sister who stays on the property was unharmed. Bad news always spreads quickly and of course, the biggest concern, over and above the loss of our precious symbols in the shrine is what happened to the tabernacle and theRead More