Ukraine Tag

Flüchtlinge aus der Ukraine
POLAND, Father Arkadiusz Sosna •  Until now I have associated the “Four Seasons” with the composition of Antonio Vivaldi. This year it is quite different: in our Sion, the four seasons from March until today related to the presence of refugees from Ukraine and constant change. It is difficult to speak of refugees when the weeks fly by, and we continue to share this tough time of war; people have become our guests. — From the beginning of March 2022 until today, two people have been with us permanently. ARead More
Stand with Ukraine
EUROPE, Shrines of Europe • The association of the most important European Marian shrines supports Ukraine’s EU accession and calls on Putin to withdraw Russian troops immediately. — In a public writing to the European Parliament, the Shrines of Europe support Ukraine’s wish to join the EU. And in an open letter to Vladimir Putin, the association of the most important European Marian shrines appeals to the Russian president to immediately withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine: “We oppose Russia’s assault on Ukraine and utterly condemn the devastating hostilities carried outRead More
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POPE FRANCIS – Easter Message 2022 • At 12 noon, from the Central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father Francis addressed the Easter Message to the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square and to those listening to him through radio, television and other media. — Then, after the announcement of the granting of the indulgence given by Cardinal Protodeacon Renato Raffaele Martino, the Pope imparted the “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing. We publish below the Easter Message of the Holy Father: Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus, theRead More
Häuser
POLAND, Maria Fischer •  There are many houses in Schoenstatt, around the Original Shrine and around numerous other Shrines throughout the world. Houses built to accommodate Schoenstatt visitors in large numbers and to provide educational opportunities for them and others. Schools are also numerous. Other houses – much fewer – are places of social commitment for the poorest and most vulnerable. Covenant of Love social and in solidarity. And then there are the houses of history… The first and the latter often empty and the subject of reflection on howRead More
guerra
Pedro M. Dillinger/Maria Fischer • “He will establish justice between nations and rebuke many peoples. Then they will forge their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning knives. They will not lift up sword, nation against nation, and they will no longer learn war” (Isaiah 2:4). Words of the Holy Scriptures which in the 80s of the last century became the slogan of the peace movement in Eastern Germany and partly also in West Germany – swords into plowshares! Words that are becoming loud again today in the faceRead More
Consagración
POPE FRANCIS – PRAYER FOR PEACE, Editors • At St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, more than 3,000 people watched the ceremony, while another 2,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square on March 25, the Feast of the Incarnation of the Lord, to support Pope Francis’ initiative. Another gesture by the Pope to end the war. Another strong appeal from Francis to end the conflict “that makes everyone suffer.” All over the world, the faithful gathered in different ways for a global prayer. Also in the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt, as inRead More
Ukrainische Flüchtlinge
Poland/Ukraine, P. Arkadiusz Sosna/mf. • “Starting from today we are welcoming the people of Ukraine in our home. In this moment I am on the train. I see many people, most of whom are women with children. Right now, all is calm here. Up to yesterday, more than seven hundred thousand refugees had arrived. The men have gone off to fight in Ukraine. They are around 70,000”, so wrote father Arkadiusz Sosna from Poland this past March, imploring prayers for peace.  — Some have stayed just for a short while, “only passingRead More
Ucrania
POLAND/UKRAINE/SPAIN, Benjamin Arizu • Concrete Solidarity: Benjamin (34 years old, 4 children) and Juan (22 years old) Arizu, sons of Ambrosio Arizu, from the Spanish Family Federation and initiator of “Madre, ven”, went together to Poland, rented two vans and traveled to the Ukrainian border to look for people and take them wherever they needed. — Benjamin has been married for eight years, has four children and is with his wife in the Madrid Family League. Juan is finishing university and recently came back from his missionary work in Asturias,Read More
#prayForUkraine
Bárbara de Franceschi, Spain • “The horror of war awakens both the best and the worst in human beings.” Since 11 days ago (alas, by now many more) the horror of the war in Ukraine has aroused a feeling of impotence in most of the world before a situation which was unthinkable in the XXI century. — Russia may indeed have felt menaced when Ukraine was considering joining the NATO, yet nothing could justify a Russian invasion of a territory until then considered a friend, an invasion that immediately began with bombardments,Read More
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Pope Francis – Peace for Ukraine • Donations flow, refugees are welcomed in almost all of Europe, every evening people take to the streets against Russia’s war in Ukraine, also in Russia; many, very many pray. On the world map of the Schoenstatt shrines, all the shrines bear the colors of Ukraine. Many companies suspend their activities in Russia, politicians, scientists and celebrities call for an end to the bloodshed. This Sunday, Pope Francis appeals to the world: “War is madness! Stop it, please! Look at the cruelty!” —  Read More