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ROM, mda. This is one of those moments that makes me shiver with joy, this feeling of wanting to shout, cry, smile and pray, all at the same time. Two hours and 34 minutes after the start of the Palm Sunday celebration in St. Peter's Square and the Radio Vatican commentators have already signed off with their customary "Laudetur Jesus Christus" and have switched to music in the last few minutes of the transmission. The people in St. Peter's move towards the railings because they know: even though it is late and Francis, looked at his watch while he greeted the cardinals, he will move around the Square in his popemobile to greet the people… As he gets into the popemobile near the altar, the youth from Brazil to his left greet him by waving their hands - and in that moment everything changes. Pope Francis climbs down from the popemobile and heads, almost runs, towards these young people, who appear to have transformed into a single wave of joy. A moment of WYD Rio 2013 in St. Peter's.
org. Jesus’ call to his Apostles, after his Resurrection, to “return to Galilee”, is the call to re-read everything in the life of Christ “on the basis of the cross and its victory.. from this supreme act of love,” said Pope Francis in his homily during the Easter Vigil celebration on Saturday evening. It is also a call to every Christian to rediscover their baptism “as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience,” he said. “To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me at the start of the journey." To “return to Galilee” also means renewing “the experience of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who called me to follow him and to share in his mission. … It means reviving the memory of that moment when his eyes met mine, the moment when he made me realize that he loved me,” he added. His Easter Vigil homily inspired the following Easter poem.
ITALY, Pamela Fabiano. On Sunday 30 March the 9th regional meeting of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign in Sicily took place. Starting in the early morning, the more than 1500 pilgrims gathered at Campo Felice di Roccella (Palermo), a few kilometers from Cefalu, participated in various activities organized by Calogero Tuzzolino, responsible for the Campaign in the region.
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)
"In Portugal, in Schoenstatt Germany, Belmonte Rome, Santa María Brazil, Atibaia Brazil, Córdoba Argentina, Buenos Aires Argentina, Tucumán Argentina, Madrid Spain, Austria, Bolivia, Switzerland, South Africa…and wherever there are members of Schoenstatt.org they are praying in covenant solidarity with the victims in Valparaiso and those who are fighting the fire," wrote Carmen Rogers from Santiago to the Movement as members offered up prayers. At the same time, she was also in contact with Bellavista, where they were working to channel aid to the Agua Santa Shrine in Valparaiso. "I am watching the noon news and on one of the hilltops devastated by the fire, the residents returned and placed a flag in the middle of what used to be their home, because 'we will build one just like it' from the ashes," she relates. So soon after the earthquake in northern Chile, this fire has destroyed - as always - the homes of the poorest. This has given rise to a wave of solidarity in the covenant of love by the Movement in Chile just like in the "network of covenant solidarity" created by Schoenstatt.org.
PORTUGAL, Fr. José Melo. Renewal is one of the characteristics of a jubilee. It is a returning to the roots to restore your strength and to flower again in due season, becoming more fully what you are. Spring is a good image for this creative vitality.
ROMA-BELMONTE/PORTUGAL, Lena Castro Valente. This is a popular saying I've heard from my earliest years and is a part of Portugal's popular wisdom. The extensive road system that the Roman Empire built throughout Europe means that wherever we are, there is always a road that leads to Rome. In this case, I can apply it both figuratively and literally.
Fr. Carlos Padilla. Once again, Fr. Carlos Padilla offers a Lenten retreat for all readers of schoenstatt.org. The first talk of the Lenten retreat – on forgiving and being forgiven – is available in both written and audio form. “How did Mary forgive offenses? How did Christ forgive those who were killing him and saw him at the foot of the Cross? Forgiveness is generous, it liberates, it enhances the one who gives it and heals the one who receives it.”
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 21/04/2014 - 10:00 Each encounter with Jesus fills us with joy, with that deep joy which only God can give.
- 20/04/2014 - 10:00 Christ is risen! Alleluia!
- 19/04/2014 - 08:24 Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families
- 18/04/2014 - 10:00 It is not easy to follow Jesus closely, because the path he chooses is the way of the Cross.
- 15/04/2014 - 10:15 Each encounter with Jesus changes our life.