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Concedimi di lodarti

The morning of October 17 is very intense at the International MI Center, there are many groups that come: from Italian regions of Marche, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, from Croatia and some individual pilgrims. Everyone is visiting the cell of the MI foundation and the Expo Kolbe, accompanied by the host team.
In the afternoon, as the groups are free to visit the city of Rome, the friars at Casa Kolbe propose a representation about Father Kolbe's life, starting with the testimonies of him, by Roberto Abbiati and Luca Salata, two actors of Lombardy Region.
The day ends with the beautiful concert made of Alessandro Pellicciaro’s kolbian songs from the album "Concedimi di lodarti".

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Rome, October 16, 2017

The central day of our celebrations continues with the passage of many groups of different languages ​​and origins. We realize that the nations represent the MI in Rome in these days are 15! We welcome with pleasure at Casa Kolbe Polish-speaking pilgrims, Italian groups, Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil. Also the cofriars of Saint Maximilian from Asia visit the exhibition of their great missionary predecessor.
In the afternoon, we meet at 4:00 pm at St. Andrea delle Fratte’s Basilica, the site of Massimiliano's first Mass, for the Eucharistic celebration. In the basilica, crowded with pilgrims, there is a feast climate. Fr. Marco Tasca OFMConv., The Minister General of the Minor Conventual Friars presides the Mass. In the evening we’re in prayer one more time. We live together Kolbian vigil prayer entitled Steps of gratitude, in 5 languages, giving thanks for the gift of our marian and missionary vocation and with the intention of following our kolbian adventure in joy and fidelity.


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The welcoming of the MI groups for the centenary

The welcoming of the MI groups for the centenary began on October 15th. The reception team, gathered at Casa Kolbe to be available to the Knights and to all visitors from the morning. Starting from the early afternoon we had the joy to accompany many people in the Kolbian spaces of Casa Kolbe, international Franciscan college, where 100 years ago young Massimiliano Kolbe began the Marian and Missionary Movement of the Militia of the Immaculata. The members of the movement and other people are now flowing towards Rome, from several parts of the world, to celebrate the centenary together.
They came to see us: Stefania and Giuliana of Palermo, a group of North Americans from various states of the USA, and a numerous group of the MI from Bologna, with fr. Mario Peruzzo OFMConv, their assistant.
In the coming days we still expect many groups and people who will want to know more about Kolbe´s life and his life in Rome, and share the celebrations of this important anniversary.

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A group of South African pilgrims visit EXPO KOLBE


URGENT COMMUNIQUE

The MI International announces that the Centennial liturgical celebrations scheduled at the XII Apostles Basilica in Rome, will be held instead at the Sant’Andrea della Valle Basilica (where St. Maximilian was ordained a priest).
The decision was made in conjunction with the Rome Police Headquarters for safety reasons, because in the past few months a large number of people have been doing a sit-in at the entrance of the XII Apostles Basilica.
We are sorry for any inconvenience. This decision, however, was necessary for everyone’s safety. Locations of all other events remain unchanged.

These are the celebrations to be held now at the Sant’Andrea della Valle Basilica:

October 16
 Prayer Vigil – 8:30 p.m.

October 17
Concert – 8:00 p.m.

October 18
Closing Holy Mass – 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Download: COMUNICATO URGENTE - EN.docx

Two Crowns: A New Movie on St. Maximilian Kolbe

On September 26, 2017, an important Kolbean event took place in the Cardinal Deskur Hall of Palazzo San Carlo at the Vatican: the Europe premier of Two Crowns, a new movie about St. Maximilian Kolbe. The movie was shown to a special audience, in the presence of the movie director, Michał Kondrat, the main actor, Adam Woronowicz, and the producers. Fr. Emil Kumka and Fr. Raffaele Di Muro represented the St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty and the Militia of the Immaculata International. The film presents the life of the Martyr of Charity through a harmonious sequence of scenes about his life and interviews with Kolbe experts and scholars. The production is truly a masterpiece. The figure of Father Kolbe is well portrayed in the brilliant performance of all the actors and accurately from the historical point of view. With prolonged applause the audience expressed their appreciate for the quality of the production. This was certainly a splendid initiative on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the MI and we hope that the film may soon be available worldwide.
Fr. Raffaele Di Muro

Watch the movie preview (in Polish)


Download: zaproszenie_VATICAN_PL-3.PDF

Kolbean Symposium in Zagreb

On September 16-17, 2017, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the MI, the province of the Friars Minor Conventual, the MI National Center and other institutions active in Croatia, organized a symposium on the pressing subject of Freemasonry. The meeting was held in the auditorium of the St. Francis friary in Zagreb. The delicate subject was treated from various perspectives (juridical, spiritual, social, historical and political), thanks to the contributions offered by many illustrious scholars. As we know, the founding of the MI in 1917 was triggered by the attacks of Masonic organizations against the Church at the time. St. Maximilian established the Militia of the Immaculata both to counteract the activities of the lodges and for the conversion of Freemasons. The symposium addressed in a special way this missionary objective of the Marian-Kolbean movement, which continues to be very relevant today. St. Maximilian’s pastoral impetus led him to extend his apostolic activity to the Freemasons who, therefore, are not excluded from the evangelical mission promoted by the Saint. These topics were developed by informative presentations by well-known scholars such as Zdravko Tuba (MI National Assistant for Croatia), Zbigniew Suchecki (from the St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty, Rome), Milan Gelo, Bernardin Filinić, Ivan Mužić, Ivan Karlić and many others. Fr. Raffaele Di Muro, the MI International President, was invited to present a conference on the new evangelization according to the principles suggested by St. Maximilian Kolbe. A large number of people, even from neighboring countries, attended the symposium, which was enriched by times of intense prayer. The tireless organizer of the symposium was the Croatian Provincial Minister, Fr. Josip Blažević, who also announced the publication of the Writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Croatian. This Kolbean event was truly a fitting way to celebrate the MI Centenary in Croatia.

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A new film from Slovenia at 100 years since the foundation of MI

Novi film o Vojski Brezmadežni ob 100. obletnici njene ustanovitve

The International President in Croatia

The International President, fra’Raffaele Di Muro visited the M.I, Croatia (on september 18th) ed spoke with theNational Assitent, fra’ Zdravko Tuba, about the celebrations of the centenaryin Rome and in Zagreb. The M.I. Croatia does a very interesting apostolate bythe Mariafest e a Kolbian choir: the future of our association in this nation‘ll be very interesting. The International President visited also the office of“Veritas”, a catholic journal of Croatia, and was availble for an interview forVatican Radio Croatia.

 

Fr. Raffaele Di Muro


The magazine head office


The centenary of M.I. in Ivory Coast

La M.I. of Côte d'Ivoire celebrated the centenary of our association solemnly on July 22, 2017. The relics of St. Maxmilian Kolbe were brought to Marian center of Abidjan. People welcomed the relics with great love and long prayers. The people who participated in this event were numerous and there was great enthusiasm. La M.I. Côte d'Ivoire is very dynamic and is famous for the many initiatives organized to give the charism of St. Maximilian and to remind the importance of the centenary of our Marian movement.

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MI intentions 2018

Download: MI Intentions 2018.docx

MI e-Publication September 2017

Download: 2017 September MI e-publication - web.pdf

August 14, 2017

MI International celebrates the 76th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Massimiliano Kolbe.
His example and his intercession are precious for the humanity: the love and peace always reign in the world
The MI members and others inspired by St. Maximilian's testimony are invited to live the evangelical program: only love creates.
We wish all members of the MI and the brothers and sisters that love Kolbe's spirituality a day of reflection and contemplation.

MI e-Publication August 2017

Download: 2017 August MI e-publication web.pdf

The MI in Poland gathers in prayer remembering Kolbe's charity

On July 29-30, 2017, members of the MI in Poland gathered in Niepokalanów for a large and well- attended commemoration, recalling St. Maximilian's entrance into the cell of his martyrdom. During those two days, there took place celebrations, theatrical representations and theological seminars, with the presence of the highest authorities of the Church and of the Polish State. Numerous was the attendance of the faithful, who participated with enthusiasm and joy. The event was also attended by the MI International President, Fr. Raffaele Di Muro, representing the worldwide movement. July 29-30 are the days in which, most likely, the Saint was taken to the starvation bunker, where prisoners where condemned to die of hunger and thirst. Ideally, the many faithful "accompanied" St. Maximilian in his path of martyrdom. The wonderful event organized by the MI-Poland is part of the Association's centennial celebrations. On Polish soil, the movement counts about two million members and is particularly active. With this and other initiatives, Polish MI members are offering a valuable contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Kolbean association, which occupies an important place among the ecclesial movements in the country.
Fr. Raffaele Di Muro

Visit to the Cell of St. Maximilian’s martyrdom with the Fr. Kolbe Volunteers of the Immaculata

A very intense event for all participants took place during the international meeting of the FKVI, held in Harmeze, near the museum of Auschwitz, July 13-18, 2017: the visit to the sites of St. Maximilian’s martyrdom. Once again, I had the joy to accompany these brothers through those terrible places where, however, love triuphumed thanks to St. Maximilian’s witness. It was very moving to pause in prayer while the Volunteers offered a flower in the cell of block 11, where Fr. Kolbe gave his life. Only silence could help to experience that highy contemplative moment. Only deep emotion could express the suffering that Kolbe and his companions experienced in that place.  The prayerful visit to the death wall and the roll call square completed this powerful experience for the Volunteers. They grasped how love could win even in the midst of the atrocities that man is capable of and in places where hatred and despair seemed to prevail. Once again St. Maximilian taught by his life. Once again sorrow gave way to the certainty that if we strive to live in the charity of the Lord and the Immaculata every place and time may be transformed by love.

Fr. Raffaele Di Muro


MI e-Publication July 2017

Download: 2017 July MI e-publication -final web.pdf

ENGLISH VERSION OF THE MI INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE NOW LIVE

The MI International is happy to announce that the English version of its official website is now live. You may find it at the following address: www.mi-international.org/en or by clicking on the EN flag (top right) of the Italian website.

Through the English version of its website the MI International aims to reach many more visitors around the world, given the widespread popularity of the English language. As St. Maximilian Kolbe teaches us, we must have no limits in our love and desire to communicate.

We extend a special "Thank You" to the MI-USA for sponsoring and supporting the realization of this project and to our experts, Graziano Meneguzzo and Laura Magni, who made this wonderful development technically possible.

Translated by Eva Tostini e Antonella Di Piazza.