solidarity Tag

ITALY – ROME – PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • In less than two hours after the team sent out a call for a service of solidarity to several Schoenstatters who speak Spanish in Rome, Nico Prono, a 21-year-old Paraguayan, who is presently in Rome, wrote: “I already communicated with M. and then with C., her brother who is here; we exchanged contact information and we will continue to talk.” A Schoenstatter’s brother from Chile and his wife were on vacation in Rome when she became seriously ill and had toRead More

Posted On 27.06.2015In Projects

180 schools for the Nation

ARGENTINA, Guadalupe Becerra, from Fundación 180 • Fundación 180 [Foundation 180], Educate for Change presented the sixth edition of 180 schools for the nation, a motivational educational congress for 400 students in the last years of secondary school from the province of Córdoba. This congress was held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 21 Century University Campus. 180 Schools for the Nation is a congress in which the youths are invited to believe in a new, improved Argentina. Its objective is to impel themRead More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer • Jean Paul says, every first thing lasts eternally. Therefore after a week in Paraguay, after the barbeque, Paraguayan chips and dips, I still had not had the famous tereré [herbal tea]. The time came on a sunny and very hot Monday, five kilometers from Tuparenda, surrounded with smiles and expectant looks, a “Do you want tea? I made it for you, shall we drink it together?” A frightened look in Father Pedro Kuehlcke’s eyes was transformed into complete satisfaction at the moment of my first sip.Read More
ARGENTINA, by Mónica Franco • The Week for Church Unity was celebrated for the first time in 1908. And the first celebration of the Week of Prayer in Australia, using texts prepared by a local ecumenical group, took place in 1975. This new way of writing the texts has been maintained until now. The Week with prayers for each day is celebrated in different Christian churches. On Wednesday, May 27, the Santuario del Centro [Central Shrine] was once again the headquarters for this celebration as it has been since 2010;Read More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • For some time there has been a growing unease in Burundi. Lauded as a success story in the mid-90s for emerging from a bloody civil war into peace time democracy, Burundi’s golden fairytale has come to an end. A few months ago, the first whispers that not all was well in the small country began to surface. The whispers became rumours, rumour became fear, fear brought back memories of the dark days of war and ethnic tensions. The first few people began to leave theRead More
Pope Francis took part in the opening of the Milan 2015 Expo, which this year has as its theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life,” via a live television connection on Friday 1 May. He called on the participants to use this opportunity to promote the globalization of solidarity, especially toward the million “starving faces” of many brothers and sisters who suffer from this scourge. Full text of the Pope’s speech Dear brothers and sisters, good day! I am thankful for the opportunity to unity my voice with those ofRead More
by Álvaro Real,, VIS • Pope Francis decided to send $100,000 in aid to Nepal to help those affected by the earthquake that hit the country in late April and has taken the life of more than 4,000 people. The aid, which will be sent to the local Church will be used to help those displaced and the victims of the earthquake, and is a practical expression of the Pope’s feeling of spiritual closeness and fatherly encouragement toward the people and places that have been affected, during Sunday’s ReginaRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • The last few weeks has seen the best and worst of South African society. Unfortunately it’s the worst side of us that has made headlines all over the world. The South African media also highlighted the wave of xenophobic violence that has swept through the country — mostly targeting foreign nationals from other African countries, many of whom have been living and working in South Africa for years. The authorities were slow to react, only doing so after condemnation from other African leaders. Despite theRead More
mda. “With pain, with great pain…” remarked Pope Francis during the Angelus on Sunday 15 March, “I learned about today’s terrorist attacks against two churches in Lahore in Pakistan that resulted in many deaths and injuries. These are Christian churches. Christians are being persecuted. Our brothers are spilling their blood just because they are Christians. Meanwhile, be assured of my prayers for the victims and their families. I ask the Lord, the source of all good, for the gift of peace and harmony for that country, and that this persecutionRead More
Fr. José María García Sepúlveda. The “periphery” of man and his actual culture is the primary aim of the evangelization mission assumed by Holy Father Francis at the beginning of his pontificate, and with him, by the entire universal church.  It is a certainly surprising challenge, considering the level of tasks and problematic situations which the Church faces within herself and clearly made evident with  papal dimension on behalf of Holy Father Benedict XVI.Read More