solidarity Tag

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
Editorial staff • Nature seems attacking with the zone of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean … We implore, in Covenant Solidarity from all our shrines, for the victims and for those who help. At least 32 people died after a strong earthquake that woke up people Mexico this morning. With a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale, it is the largest earthquake in at least 100 years. The regions affected are the poorest in the country. The Tsunami Warning Center said that there is a possibility of largeRead More
Maria Fischer • Is an article in schoenstatt.org something so very quiet and simple worthwhile? Those who sent their petitions, their desires, their gifts, their desperation and confidence to Mary the Mother of the Lord and our Mother, and who will probably never physically visit, are alone in the Shrine, in her small shrine in the Schoenstatt Valley. They fill more than fifty sheets of paper. Long letters and sometimes very brief ones from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany India, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru,Read More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • “At the end of the month, the first three young men graduated, who, upon their release, voluntarily enrolled in the re-integration program that the Ministry of Justice offers in covenant with the Foundation to Promote Values and the Prevention of Violence (Fundaprova -Spanish Acronym)”. This is how a long article about the first graduates of the Mother of Tupãrenda House begins in La Nación newspaper. “The program of re-integration for youths, who have had some conflict with the law in the past, can accommodate up toRead More
VATICAN/G20, MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE G20 • While cars were burning in Hamburg’s streets, businesses looted and stones were flying, and the “most powerful man in the world” was absent from the consultations of the heads of government of the most powerful economic, and hence political, nations on climate change, a man “from the end of the world” addressed a message to the hostess of the summit conference and its participants. Modest, yet passionate, his message is probably well known to all of us from his encyclical EvangeliiRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS BASED ON CURRENT EVENTS After the Angelus on the first Sunday of July, Pope Francis greeted the people of Rome and pilgrims from all over the world gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He used the opportunity to ask, once again, for “peace in Venezuela.” “On 5 July, Venezuela celebrates the anniversary of its independence. I promise my prayers for this beloved nation and express my closeness to the families who have lost their children in the demonstrations. I call for an end to the violence and thatRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequeni • On 9 May, within the framework of “Rebuild Hope,” the Dequení foundation inaugurated a works of improvement of their “Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary” community center located in Ypané. This center suffered serious cracks and separation in the roof and walls, because of deterioration and the continuous storms during last year. This is the third center that was reconditioned through this initiative. Board members and Dequení Foundation personnel attended the ceremony, and they carried out the ribbon cutting; representatives of the Paraguayan Chamber of Real Estate DevelopersRead More
By Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “Thirty more stars were blessed on Friday, 12 May for the carpet of stars located at the north entrance of the Cologne Cathedral. The twenty-five small and the five large stars were donated this spring,” this was Cologne’s Domradio radio message. Among them, there was also a star from 1. FC Köln soccer team, the ‘Kölner Dom’ cultural foundation related. With the star of 1. FC Köln, two of Cologne’s passions grow closer: the cathedral and soccer,” commented Fr. Gerd Bachner, Provost ofRead More