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PERU, Carmen Roldán de Scamarone. On Wednesday, February 26th at noon, Father José Luis Correa announced that Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, was passing through Lima on his return to Chile from the Vatican, where he had participated in the last G8 encounter with Francis. Cardinal Errázuriz belongs to the group of cardinals who are advising Pope Francis in the reform of the Curia and in leading the universal Church.
mda. On 9 March, the First Sunday in Lent, Pope Francis and the Roman Curia started their spiritual exercise. Fr Angelo De Donatis, Parish priest of St Mark in the Capitol, will be giving the meditations. The retreat this year has the subject the "Purification of the heart" and takes place in the House of the Pauline Fathers in the "casa del Divin Maestro" in Ariccia, a few kilometres from Rome. The retreat ends on 14 March, one day after the first anniversary of Pope Francis' election. "The election make Jorge Bergoglio Pope of the Catholic Church and has had a richly blessed influence on the Church and the whole society of the world. It was the event of 2013 and without doubt will be remembered as the actual start of the 21st century" (Carlos Ferre). Let us accompany Ope Frances during his retreat and: Happy Birthday Pope Francis – every blessing on this birthday to the pilgrim and missionary Church of the Lord.
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel. The excited chatter and the volley of questions made it very clear: now we are definitely on our way to the Jubilee 2014 celebrations! On 9 March 2014, the South African pilgrims who will attend the Jubilee celebrations in Schoenstatt and Rome gathered at the Shrine in Constantia, Cape Town, to receive their airline tickets directly from Our Lady's hand. The pilgrims who live in Johannesburg, George and Port Elizabeth were represented by the members of the South African Pilgrimage Coordination Team.
ARGENTINA, Dr. Carlos Eduardo Ferré/mda. Jorge Bergoglio's election as the Pontiff of the Catholic Church has had a positive impact on the Church and the world. It was the event of 2013 and there is no doubt that it will be remembered as the real start of the 21st century. As we celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis' election, the Máximo de San Miguel College (belonging to the Society of Jesus), which was his home in Argentina throughout his life as a Jesuit, invites everyone to celebrate and reflect on this occasion. The initiative is part of a project by various groups within the Church and civil society that have highlighted the historical importance of Francis' pontificate and aim to accompany the mobilisation process that this is generating. Some members of the Schoenstatt Movement connected to the Social Day and the youth have joined this project, coordinated by Dr. Carlos Eduardo Ferré, the Director of the "John Paul II" Centre for Studies on the Church's Social Doctrine in Argentina, the author of book The Social Saint, and a member of the Schoenstatt Family Union. They do all this under the banner: "Francis Generation."
org. Every part of the Church, and many others outside of her - believers or non-believers - have received Pope Francis` clear and hope-filled words. They are also words that motivate us to assume the responsibility we all have to build a world in accordance to the Will of God, in the strength of the Spirit and through the way of Christ. Cardinals and bishops, priests, men and women religious, novices and seminarians, families, the youth and elderly, communities and institutes have received this challenge to go out "onto the street" to take - not a utopian hope - but concrete deeds in living evangelization projects to all men and women wherever they may be. And if they are on the "outskirts" then we have to go there, with all the risks and dangers it may include. He repeats to us constantly: I prefer an injured church, because she goes out to serve, to a Church that is sick because of her self-absorption. Testimony to this can be found in the section of Schoenstatt.org where on a weekly basis texts are selected which motivate us on our own pilgrimage toward the 2014 Jubilee. Undoubtedly, because we are the Church, these words are also directed to us. How happy must our Father not be with this missionary impetus which is given to us from the very heart of the Church! (Fr. José María García)
CHILE, Amelia Peirone. 100 / 50 / 40 are these averages for some competition? This numerical rarity is not about a contest; it shows Providence’s measurements during 2014. It is one hundred years since the beginning of the covenant of love with the always admirable Queen and Mother of God. It is called the Anniversary of bone because it designates a love that is already forever, in the echo of Genesis: “This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!” It is also called the Miracle Anniversary. Fifty years since the death of that quiet full chalice, Mario Hiriart. It is the Golden Anniversary, a time of acquiring the brilliance of a great legacy, built by a loyal love. Forty years of unity around Christ Redeemer of the Andes, pilgrims close to Mario, a Latin American brother, this Ruby Anniversary expresses a relationship that has become so solid and constant, that is almost impossible to break, since so many attachments have been created.
Father Carlos Padilla Esteban. We are building a network of living Shrines for Mary during her jubilee year. Lent and Holy week are an opportunity to continue to offer our capital of grace. We are beginning a time of conversion in which we receive the mercy of God in our lives. The network is made of many bits and pieces of united cord. How difficult it is to unite! How easy it is to divide. Mary always unites us.
ROME-Belmonte, Fr Stefano Mueller. Today, 2 March, Pope Frances called out to the people gathered in St Peter's Square during the Angelus, "I ask you to continue to pray for the Ukraine which in these days is undergoing a difficult situation. I hope that all the forces at work in this country will contribute to overcoming the tensions and co-operating in forging a common future for the nation. To the international community I direct the appeal to support every initiative that can promote dialogue and concord."
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 08/03/2014 - 09:08 The challenge for Christian spouses:remaining together, knowing how to love one another always, and doing so in a way that their love grows.
- 07/03/2014 - 10:07 Our deepest joy comes from Christ: remaining with him, walking with him, being his disciples.
- 06/03/2014 - 11:06 Let us pray for Christians who are victims of persecution, so that they may know how to respond to evil with good.
- 05/03/2014 - 08:20 Lent is a good time for sacrificing. Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others.
- 04/03/2014 - 09:04 In life we all make many mistakes. Let us learn to recognize our errors and ask forgiveness.