Church – Francis – Movements Category

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR, Maria Fischer with material from ACI and RV • Thousands of poor and excluded people will participate in the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in Rome on Sunday 19 November to commemorate the first World Day of the Poor. After the Mass, 1.500 people will gather in Pope Paul VI Hall for a festive meal with Pope Francis, while another 2.500 people will be welcomed at various seminaries and Catholic colleges where they will also receive lunch. The poor will be joined by membersRead More
CHILE, vía ACIprensa • As part of the preparations for the Youth Synod which Pope Francis has called for 2018, Chile is launching the book “Una fe que encanta y aunque duela, no espanta” (faith that enchants and even though it hurts, it doesn’t frighten), published by Catholic journalist Trinidad Ried. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presented in a question and answer format, this book tries to answer the questions that many young people have about the faith in an accessible way. According the author, the workRead More
INTERVIEW with Fr. Egon M. Zillekens • From Monday 23 October until Friday 27 October 2017 the members of the General Presidium were in Rome for their annual closed conference. An official report on their meeting with Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has already been published, and the photos of the encounter with Pope Francis before and after the early morning Mass in Santa Maria in the Osservatore Romano, as well as the sermon of this day are already circulating round the worldRead More
POPE FRANCIS with Schoenstatt, Maria Fischer • Three years and a day since the jubilee audience in Paul VI Hall, on 26 October, that audience when Pope Francis gave us the motto for Schoenstatt’s second century: a culture of encounter is a covenant culture, and this creates solidarity. Casa Santa Marta’s chapel doors were opened to the members of the International Schoenstatt Presidency gathered in Rome at their annual gathering. They had the privilege of participating in the Holy Father’s Morning Mass. “It was impressive to see the change inRead More
VATICAN, Fr. Antonio Bracht, on behalf of the General Presidium • On October 24th, 2017, the General Presidium of Schoenstatt visited Cardenal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the recently founded Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, as part of their annual work meeting in Rome.  The Secretary of this Dicastery, Schoenstatt Father Alexandre Awi Mello received them.  Also present was Sr. Maria Pilar, who works as secretary in the same dicastery. First, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, as head of the General Presidium, greeted the Cardinal and the Secretary. The different communitiesRead More
POPE FRANCIS  • “Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday under the theme: “Mission at the heart of the Christian Faith.” I urge everyone to live the joy of the mission, witnessing to the Gospel wherever they live and work. At the same time, we are called to give support by our care and concrete help to the missionaries who have gone out to proclaim Christ to those who still do not know him.” After recalling World Mission Sunday celebrated on 22 October, Pope Francis called an extraordinary missionary month forRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD: “Hey guys: Pope Francis wants to listen to you”• My name is Daniel Rodríguez, from Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela. I was born on 29 August 2002 and I’m 16 years old. My concern is about being an Orion priest. My doubts are over the situation in Venezuela that crushes our inquisitiveness and whether our dreams can flourish in times of difficulty. My commitment is to help the Church and my neighbour. My dream is to be a priest. To give my life to others like ourRead More
COLOMBIA, Alida Becerra • The Schoenstatt youth in Bogotá attended the meeting with Pope Francis in Bolivar Square. They were among 22.000 youth who had gathered from 4 in the morning to welcome the Pope. Working with the impulses of the Colombian Church The youth prepared themselves for the meeting with the Holy Father with Sr. María Amparo Villouta and the leaders of the youth Laura Téllez, Fanny Bravo, Consuelo Iturrieta and Andrea Sánchez. Over three Saturdays, they met at “Mater House” in Bogotá where they learnt more about PopeRead More
BRAZIL, Ariel Stival via jumasbrasil.com.br • Pope Francis called a Youth Synod, which will take place in 2018 under the theme “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment” that came out of consultations with the bishops conferences. The Synod of Bishops is a kind of consultation assembly for the Holy Father attended by representatives of the Catholic bishops’ conferences from all over the world, together with experts and several other people who are invited, primarily, to help in defining, contextualising and framing the chosen theme for the synod assembly. As theRead More
WORLD DAY OF COMMUNICATIONS 2018, Maria Fischer with material from the Vatican’s press bulletin • “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.” The theme that the Holy Father Francis has chosen for the 52nd World Day of Social Communications 2018 relates to so-called “fake news”, namely baseless information that contributes to generating and nurturing a strong polarisation of opinions. It involves an often misleading distortion of facts, with possible repercussions at the level of individual and collective behaviour. In a context in whichRead More