Church – Francis – Movements Category

POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS • After the Angelus on Sunday 12 March, on the second Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis expressed his pain and closeness with the people of Guatemala after the fire at the Virgen de la Asunción children’s shelter on 8 March, which claimed the lives of 40 people, most of them minors who lived there, and left several people seriously injured. In light of this tragic accident, Pope Francis assured the people of Guatemala of his prayers, and also asked for prayers for all boys and girls whoRead More
BELMONTE ROME, Maria Fischer  • The “Shrine of all of us,” Belmonte Rome’s Shrine, is adorned for Lent – like all the world’s shrines. There are a few purple flowers… Holy Lent has begun that will lead us with our Lord to experience the sorrow and glory of the greatest love of him who gave his life for his friends, in extreme solidarity. “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians areRead More
ITALY/EUROPEAN UNION, by Álvaro Real, vía Aleteia.org • 700 people have been taken in during the last year, thanks to the humanitarian corridor made possible by the San Egidio Community.  This is a record number if we take into account the statistics of refugees being taken into European Union countries. This initiative has made it possible to take in more refugees in 2016 than those taken in by the 15 countries of the European Union. This project has had unprecedented success after just one year in existence, and allows refugeesRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • Pope Francis dedicated the catecheses in the General Audience on Wednesday 1 March to Lent, because it fell on Ash Wednesday. He highlighted that it is a time of hope that requires effort because “no one goes to heaven in a carriage.” Lent is a time characterised by “nothing without us” to use Schoenstatt terminology. It is a time to leave our comfort zones and to take a risk. It is a time to not conform with what we have. There is temptation, the temptation ofRead More
GERMANY/ ROME BELMONTE, Maria Fischer • “But that’s the same plaque we have in our shrine”, Fr Rolando Gibert Montes de Oca Valero, a member of the Priests’ Federation in Cuba and at present studying communication science in Rome, remarked at the end of the first meeting of the Pastoral Commission of Belmonte when the members of the Commission entered the newly completed chapel in the Casa dell’Alleanza. “In our shrine?” one of his Brazilian confreres asked him. “It is in our shrine on Mount Moriah in Schoenstatt.” “We haveRead More
ITALY, Pamela Fabiano – Girls’ Youth Leader in Italy • The Church of St. Catherine and St. Francis Patrons of Italy – is the Roman parish where the Schoenstatt Fathers live. This church, in front of Trastevere train station, hosts many activities of the Schoenstatt Movement in Italy, particularly the youth groups who give life to various groups, and over the years have grown thanks to the constant tenacity and commitment of the Schoenstatt Fathers and Sisters. GIURCAP is one of these groups. Young students at the Law Faculty atRead More
BELMONTE/COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • In less than a month, the greatest desire since Schoenstatt arrived in Costa Rica will be fulfilled – the desire of having their own shrine. Finally this will become a reality; on 18 March, the “Family of Hope” Shrine will be blessed, with the presence of many Schoenstatters from all of Central America and other countries. At this time, a prayer, initiated by a German Schoenstatter, which will help unite all the world’s Schoenstatters this 18 March, is circulated. Rector Marcelo Cervi sent his greetingsRead More
ROME BELMONTE, Maria Fischer in an interview with Fr. Marcelo Cervi • February 2nd, Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple also known as “Candlemass,” a feast for Belmonte and the small Belmonte family gathered in memory of a previous February 2nd, in 1966.  That day, Fr. Kentenich visited the Belmonte site and spoke on the mission of this place and this Shrine – which at that time only existed in people’s hearts – in the local and personal center of the universal Church, in the city of theRead More
IN PRAYER WITH POPE FRANCIS, Editorial team with material from Pope’s Prayer and AICA • It was an initiative for the Year of Mercy, but it has continued. The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network to collaborate in spreading the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions about the challenges facing humanity. In this case, the intention is pre-determined, but the new intention, the “last minute intention” is announced during the first Angelus of the month. The last minute intention for February is: Let usRead More
VATICAN/FATIMA, via AICA, with editing • “On Monday, the Holy See Press Office presented the logo and motto for Pope Francis’ visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on 12-13 May, on the occasion of the centennial of Mary’s first apparitions to the three shepherds. The logo represents a rosary that forms a heart and the motto is “With Mary, pilgrim in hope and in peace.” During a conference held in Portugal, Fr. Carlos Cabecinhas, the rector of the Marian Shrine, explained that the Pope willRead More