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Merry Christmas from the General Committee – Feliz Navidad de parte del Comité General

In this year the Corona Pandemic changed the life path of many people. According to that reason we will not share a Christmas tale as we did like a tradition over years now. Maybe next year we will do it again. But this completely different year invited us to a thought over the place where Jesus became born and what could be the hidden meaning behind. Maybe this words and thoughts are of interest for you …

Thoughts about Christmas 2020 CuePensamientos sobre la Navidad de 2020 Réflexions sur Noël 2020 Gedachten over Kerstmis 2020 Gedanken zu Weihnachten 2020
Myśli o Bożym Narodzeniu 2020        

Dear sisters and brothers,

let us take a minute or two on this Holy Evening to remind ourselves on those Salvatorian sisters and brothers of all three branches
who have passed away since Christmas last year.

May they rest in peace and forgiveness.

Salvatorian Commitment: Our community begins in our heart

Dear sisters and brothers,
Allow me to say a few fraternal words about this year’s upcoming December 8.
Life in the community as we know it is a great challenge especially now in the time of the CoVid pandemic. However, modern means of communication offer us new opportunities to live and share community in a completely new way – an opportunity that we might not have otherwise considered at all. The community, whether real or virtual, invites us to learn – and live – together. Here we experience encouragement, can open ourselves, and find support on the common Salvatorian path.
Around December 8th, many Sisters and Brothers of the Salvatorian Family will renew their commitment and become aware of it again. But we will also be able to welcome several new sisters and brothers into our family of faith.

We all know that the community is not only home to us, but also a constant challenge and sometimes it can become the touchstone of our witness. In mutual respect, it is important to recognize the differences within us and to see them as opportunities and riches. In this way, I would like to invite all of you, wherever you renew your personal commitment or make it the first time, to become aware of this Salvatorian Family and Community. This especially in this year of pandemic, but also with the prospect of the beatification of Father Fanziskus Jordan in May next year. Let us encourage each other to live our mission, which as Salvatorians has been entrusted in a specific vocation to each one of us personally.

Jesus Christ is the center of our community, our Salvatorian Family, and through and with Him our community endures, beyond all boundaries and limitations, because it resides in our hearts and minds.
So that we may all recognize Him as the only true God and whom He has sent

together with you on the Salvatorian path

Christian Patzl
President of the ICDS


Queridos hermanos y hermanas,
Permítanme decir unas palabras fraternales sobre el próximo 8 de diciembre de este año.
La vida en la comunidad tal como la conocemos es un gran desafío, especialmente ahora en la época de la pandemia de CoVid. Sin embargo, los medios de comunicación modernos nos ofrecen nuevas oportunidades para vivir y compartir la comunidad de una manera completamente nueva, una oportunidad que de otra manera no habríamos considerado en absoluto. La comunidad, ya sea real o virtual, nos invita a aprender y a vivir juntos. Aquí experimentamos el estímulo, podemos abrirnos y encontrar apoyo en el camino común Salvatoriano.
Alrededor del 8 de diciembre, muchas hermanas y hermanos de la Familia Salvatoriana renovarán su compromiso y volverán a tomar conciencia de ello. Pero también podremos acoger a varias nuevas hermanas y hermanos en nuestra familia de fe.

Todos sabemos que la comunidad no sólo es nuestro hogar, sino también un desafío constante y a veces puede convertirse en la piedra de toque de nuestro testimonio. En el respeto mutuo, es importante reconocer las diferencias dentro de nosotros y verlas como oportunidades y riquezas. De esta manera, quisiera invitar a todos ustedes, dondequiera que renueven su compromiso personal o lo hagan por primera vez, a tomar conciencia de esta Familia y Comunidad Salvatoriana. Esto especialmente en este año de pandemia, pero también con la perspectiva de la beatificación del Padre Francisco Jordán en mayo del próximo año. Animémonos mutuamente a vivir nuestra misión, que como Salvatorianos nos ha sido confiada en una vocación específica a cada uno de nosotros personalmente.

Jesucristo es el centro de nuestra comunidad, nuestra Familia Salvatoriana, y a través de Él y con Él nuestra comunidad perdura, más allá de todas las fronteras y limitaciones, porque reside en nuestros corazones y mentes.
Para que todos podamos reconocerlo como el único Dios verdadero y a quien ha enviado

junto contigo en el camino de los Salvatorianos

Christian Patzl
Presidente del ICDS

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No fitting present?

Are you looking for a Christmas present with sense? One that brings aid to other Lay Salvatorians to help others? Take into account the ICDS projects for that, which are presented in the ICDS forum. Each Cent can bring life and new perspectives to other parts of our earth. We appreciate each support!

For more information on each project, you can get into contact with our secretary –> office at

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Visit ICDS Cafe Central

ICDS Cafe Central with a new look

The CoVid19 pandemic will govern our daily life also in the coming year. A prospect of an effective vaccine that arrives at most of the people will be not before fall next year. So we can not count on a more or less real “normal” situation before 2022.
Coming up for this reason and also to improve the communication between the Lay Salvatorians between and within the units we offer a free web conference tool based on Jitsi. You can use it on our webpage at the “Cafe” section.
You have to have an eye on your physical distancing in this time but not on your social distancing. To overcome this physical distancing in a healthy way a common visit at the ICDS Cafe Central can help.

Everyone is responsible for their own coffee or tea and cake and must organize them themselves.

Have fun in the “ICDS Cafe Central“.

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Fratelli tutti: Pope Francis’s Social Encyclical

Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.

What are the great ideals but also the tangible ways to advance for those who wish to build a more just and fraternal world in their ordinary relationships, in social life, politics and institutions? This is mainly the question that Fratelli tutti is intended to answer: the Pope describes it as a “Social Encyclical” (6) which borrows the title of the “Admonitions” of Saint Francis of Assisi, who used these words to “address his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (1). The Poverello “did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines; he simply spread the love of God”, the Pope writes, and “he became a father to all and inspired the vision of a fraternal society” (2-4). The Encyclical aims to promote a universal aspiration toward fraternity and social friendship. Beginning with our common membership in the human family, from the acknowledgement that we are brothers and sisters because we are the children of one Creator, all in the same boat, and hence we need to be aware that in a globalized and interconnected world, only together can we be saved. The Document on Human Fraternity signed by Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in February 2019 is an inspirational influence cited many times.

Fraternity is to be encouraged not only in words but in deeds. Deeds made tangible in a “better kind of politics”, which is not subordinated to financial interests, but to serving the common good, able to place the dignity of every human being at the centre and assure work to everyone so that each one can develop his or her own abilities. A politics which, removed from populism, is able to find solutions to what attacks fundamental human rights and which aims to definitively eliminate hunger and trafficking. At the same time, Pope Francis underscores that a more just world is achieved by promoting peace, which is not merely the absence of war; it demands “craftsmanship”, a job that involves everyone. Linked to truth, peace and reconciliation must be “proactive”; they must work toward justice through dialogue, in the name of mutual development. This begets the Pontiff’s condemnation of war, the “negation of all rights” and is no longer conceivable even in a hypothetically “justified” form because nuclear, chemical and biological weapons already have enormous repercussions on innocent civilians. There is also a strong rejection of the death penalty, defined as  “inadmissible”, and a central reflection on forgiveness, connected to the concepts of remembrance and justice: to forgive does not mean to forget, the Pontiff writes, nor to give up defending one’s rights to safeguard one’s dignity, which is a gift from God. In the background of the Encyclical is the Covid-19 pandemic which, Francis reveals, “unexpectedly erupted” as he “was writing this letter”. But the global health emergency has helped demonstrate that “no one can face life in isolation” and that the time has truly come to “dream, then, as a single human family” in which we are “brothers and sisters all” (7-8).

Read the whole article by Isabella Piro – Vatican City

You can download the whole Encyclical in several languages from here

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