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SPAIN, Pilar de Beas • For me, the confinement began on March 10 due to a pneumonia that to this day I do not know if it was COVID-19.  Already medicated and with the antibiotic in place, I began to have an urgent need to “do something”. I even contacted a hospital to help (innocent of me) make calls to the relatives of sick people, since what worried me most from the beginning was the loneliness of people who were dying without any hands on theirs. — Here I learnedRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • Thanks to the “Intelligent Quarantine” decreed by the government of Paraguay, on Monday, May 4th, we re-opened the doors of the CMT  (Casa Madre de Tuparenda/House Mother of Tuparenda), “reinventing” ourselves to be able to continue giving the opportunity to our adult participants to rejoin the program and thus, together, to be able to accentuate the production of baked goods in the bakery and of mouth guards (so much in demand at this time of COVID-19) in the area of Industrial Confection. On the other hand,Read More
CHILE, Fr. Francisco Pereira, spiritual director of Maria Ayuda /mf • Every April 12th, Maria Ayuda celebrates its anniversary with a thanksgiving Mass open to the whole community. In the Eucharist, boys and girls, representing their houses, bring their offerings, symbols of the results of the past year, their achievements and difficulties, as well as those of the different instances of the institution.—   This anniversary, which fell on the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, caught us in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and, therefore, with restrictions on socialRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • “Trade in Ciudad del Este is one of the areas most affected by the Covid-19 quarantine. Despite its difficult situation, however, the merchants began a huge solidarity crusade, delivering thousands of kilos of food and hospital supplies”. This is how an article in the newspaper ACBC Color de Paraguay begins, on April 12, Resurrection Sunday. And it is truly an article worthy of this day, since it speaks of what is most typical and at the same time most challenging for those who believe in theRead More
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CHILE, Patricio Young • We live in the midst of an individualistic world where my wishes and will take precedence over those of the rest of society, where rights are privileged over duties. Where hedonism, greed and power for power’s sake are the maxims that move us. There is no consequence of life, between what I think, say and do, but justification of conduct. ” “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest withRead More
EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT OF PRAYER PRESIDED OVER BY POPE FRANCIS • We were there. In front of the screens. Alone in the houses. United as perhaps nc,ever before, with each other, with Pope Francis, with Jesus. Like those disciples in the boat.  “ike the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each ofRead More
PARAGUAY, José Argüello • On Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the groups belonging to the Family Branch (Archdiocese and Diocese of San Lorenzo), were convoked to Tuparenda to hold the Start-up Conference. In the earthly plans, the expectation was for a multitudinous convocation since the invitation was to all the couples and children included. However, due to the health emergency situation worldwide, the government authorities of Paraguay adhered to severe prevention measures, to avoid the propagation of covid-19. The universal church, of course, a supported this measure, andRead More
ITALY/VATICAN, Economy of Francesco • Assisi is preparing to welcome more than 2000 economists and entrepreneurs under 35 years of age from all over the world to participate in the “Economy of Francesco” event from March 26-28, requested by Pope Francis. The City of St. Francis will be organized for this purpose in 12 “villages” where the great questions of the economy of today and tomorrow will be debated: Work and Care; Management and Gift; Finance and Humanity; Agriculture and Justice; Energy and Poverty; Profit and Vocation; Politics for Happiness;Read More
CHILE, P. Juan Pablo Rovegno • But “I will see thy face in righteousness, I will be satisfied with thy form when I awaken,” sings the antiphon of the psalm this Sunday. The awakening of Chile was at the centre of the news, the “hopes and fears, joys and sorrows” of these days. — An awakening that presents us with (at least) three spiritual dimensions with concrete consequences: Awakening to hope for a fairer, more solidary and more fraternal Chile, a wake-up call to legitimate needs, always postponed and madeRead More
ALBANIA/VATICAN, Press Release of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development • On the night of 25 November last, a major earthquake struck the northern coast of Albania, in the area of the city of Durres. To date, dozens of people have been killed and at least 600 injured, but there are still many people under the rubble. The earthquake has caused enormous damage – buildings have collapsed and hundreds of people have been left homeless – and it was felt in other areas of Albania and on the AdriaticRead More