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CHILE, Verónica Bunster P. Published at • The jubilee graces have been experienced for some time around the Shrine and throughout the entire Family. Even with this experience, it was difficult to imagine that all the preparations, the joint efforts and the volume of contributions to the capital of grace would bring so much joy and blessings at the conclusion of the scheduled celebrations. A youthful kickoff– a celebratory crowning, cantata, play, and a standing ovation! Everything began with a prelude of eighty girls from the Girls’ Youth: inRead More
URUGUAY, by Fernando Olmedo, vía • Sometimes the encounter with Jesus is a “stormy sea.” A stormy sea of worries or daily routines, of hostility or the dryness and emptiness of the world, of sorrows and sadness from the past that are difficult to let go, or of the frustration of this or that project that did not turn out well. So sometimes it is necessary to take a daring leap or to step out like Peter took to go out to meet that tangible God made man, whoRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Before Pope Francis’ meeting with the Ugandan youth at the Kikolo airstrip, one of Uganda’s newspapers, Chimpreports, interviewed young people, asking them what they wanted the Pope to speak to them about. Gilbert Mugabe said that it was his responsibility to attend the meeting because Pope Francis had made time to speak to the youth. Other young people hoped that the Holy Father would speak about peace and unity ahead of the 2016 elections, address corruption, unemployment, drug addiction, abortion, and prostitution.Read More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis arrived in Uganda late on Friday, 27 November. According to Ugandan newspaper, The Observer, the Pontiff received a “rousing welcome from Ugandans who thronged Entebbe International Airport to receive him.” According to the report, he also received a 21-gun salute and a dance group “provided entertainment in performing several cultural dances including the Kiganda dance, Runyege, Kinywarwanda and playing all sorts of local music instruments from makondele, madinda among others.” Pope commends Uganda for receiving refugees Shortly after his arrival,Read More
Brazil, JUMAS South-East Region, 16 November 2015 on 130th birthday of Fr Kentenich • The year 2015, when we celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Schoenstatt Young Men in the South-East Region, was marked by intensive currents of life, in particular through the resonance of the centenary celebrations of the covenant of love. Among the many spiritual inspirations in the Region, one thing came more and more to the fore: our founder, Fr Kentenich. He was present in various ways, for example, in the motto of the Schoenstatt Family: “WithRead More
FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • The Kenyan headlines on 26 November were abuzz with news about the Pope. Every detail of his trip to Kenya has been reported in the mainstream media. The headline in The East African read: “Kenyans brave morning rain for Pope’s Mass.” The front page of Standard Digital carried a large picture of Pope Francis greeting the priests who attended the Papal Mass. The website also has a number that readers can SMS to receive “alerts on Pope Francis’ visit.” Other headlines included: “PopeRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • One of my favourite church hymns has this chorus: “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” This reminds me of its antithesis. Mahatma Ghandi was once quoted as saying that he had great respect for Christ but did not have great regard for Christians. Ghandi’s comment touches the heart of what where we have often failed to be truly Christian. To be a Christian is not about the number of Masses we attend, the number of rosaries we pray or being involvedRead More
CUBA, Juan Vicente Escobar and Juan Miguel de la Fuente • Our first impression of Cuba was literally, a blast of hot air on our faces that almost knocked us to floor! When we arrived, besides getting lost in the small Havana airport, twenty-three Spanish girls (and some Cubans) singing the Franz Reinisch Hymn quite loudly welcomed us; it was a triumphant entrance (not bad, we can’t complain). Then we bid farewell to the missionaries from Spain, with crying, tears, come back soon, we will not forget you, etc. etc.Read More
POPE FRANCIS IN CUBA – MISSIONARY OF MERCY • The Pope left the cathedral in Havana and went to the Félix Varela Cultural Centre, where thousands of young people were waiting for him under a heavy rain. Catholics, members of other faiths, non-believers….and Francis once again improvised, this time around two concepts: dreams and hope. Complete text of Pope Francis at the Félix Varela Cultural Centre You are standing up and I am sitting. How rude! But you know why I am sitting; it is because I was taking notesRead More
Today, Father Elmar Busse (*1951) answers: He has known Schoenstatt since his childhood, because his parents belonged to the first course of Family Federation in the German Democratic Republic. The Friedrichroda Schoenstatt Center in the region of the Thuringia Forest (Shrine blessed in 1954) was his spiritual home. Since there were no priests for the Schoenstatt youths, he made the decision, along with other adventurous students of theology, to found the community of Schoenstatt Fathers in then East Germany. This became a reality on June 18, 1978, after a longRead More