Church – Francis – Movements Category

ARGENTINA, Lucía Agüero González • My name is Lucía Agüero González. I consecrated myself as a missionary of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in August 1992, at the Shrine in Florencio Varela, Argentina. I traveled to Rome in 2005, I worked there until 2007, the year I had to return to Argentina for family reasons. During the time I was in Rome, I worked as a missionary, attaching myself to the Belmonte International Shrine. Sr. Fernanda (a Brazilian) was in charge of the campaign there. I lived in the Riano areaRead More
POPE FRANCIS – By Philip Kosloski, via Aleteia, and Maria Fischer Already from the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has demonstrated care and special attention toward humanity’s many challenges and has emphasized, on frequent occasions, his desire to create a “culture of encounter.”  This year, to deepen his cause, Pope Francis has changed the form in which he selects his monthly prayer intentions that he entrusts to the Pope’s World Web of Prayer (previously known as the Apostolate of Prayer). Since 1928, the corresponding Pope has selected two prayerRead More
CUBA, Fr. Alberto,  Maisí’s pastor • Catastrophes have a very brief “shelf life” in the media. Not only in the media, but also in donations of solidarity, prayers, and memory.  There are simply so many, that even those that have a personal attachment touching the soul’s deepest parts, fade away…Hurricane Matthew?  The parish of Maisí in the Diocese of Guantánamo, the parish where one of the Schoenstatt Fathers from Cuba worked until July 2016? It was in October, and because Cuba only suffered material damage, the world’s media did notRead More
BRAZIL/BELMONTE, by Maria Fischer with Fr. Marcelo Cervi • Fr. Marcelo Cervi visited Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine a few days before his departure for Rome, where he will become the Rector of the Matri Ecclesiae Shrine at Belmonte on 22 January. Aparecida, Brazil’s national shrine: On 12 October, the entire Brazilian Church will commemorate 300 years of finding the Image in the Río Paraíba do Sul. To celebrate this jubilee, the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB) proclaimed a Holy Marian Year for the entire country. It is understandableRead More
Group of people around the world. Chalk drawing.
POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE – 01.01.2017 • “The Jubilee of Mercy that ended in November encouraged each one of us to look deeply within and to allow God’s mercy to enter there. The Jubilee taught us to realize how many and diverse are the individuals and social groups treated with indifference and subjected to injustice and violence. They too are part of our “family”; they too are our brothers and sisters. The politics of nonviolence have to begin in the home and then spread toRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • “Then we’ll have a serious conversation with the Blessed Mother and the Lord one of these days,” my friend José A. said, after sharing his thoughts on Whatsapp about Francis’ catechesis on 28 December, where he said: “complaining to the Lord is a way of praying. At times when I hear confession, people say: “I complained to the Lord …”, and I respond: “No, complain! He is the father!”. This is a way of praying: complaining to the Lord, this is good.” He is Father.  TrulyRead More
Papal audience
POPE FRANCIS • The Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See on 30 December published a video with the most distinctive images of Pope Francis’ activities for the year that had just ended. Video Which message of Pope Francis touched me the most in 2016? What gesture moved me the most? Original: Spanish. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa  Read More
CHRISTMAS WITH POPE FRANCIS• Before giving his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis proclaimed his Christmas message to thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and the whole world from the main balcony of the Vatican Basilica.  He traced his way around the world, recalling outbreaks of violence, terror, war, and pain – both those events that are well-known and those that have almost been overlooked. He gave assurances that “the power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of thisRead More
Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine: Church of the Nativity - Grotto of the Nativity - Silver star marking the place where Jesus was born according to Christian tradition - Latin inscription read 'Here of the Virgin Mary Christ was born' - photo by M.Torres
CHRISTMAS WITH POPE FRANCIS • At the Mass Pope Francis presided at 21:30 Roman time in St. Peter’s Basilica, he explained the real meaning of Christmas: “If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the frail simplicity of a tiny newborn child, the meekness with which he is placed in a manger, the tender affection with which he is wrapped in his swaddling clothes. That is where God is.” “The newborn Child challenges us. He calls us to leave behind fleeting illusions and to turnRead More
Germany, Mons. Peter Wolf • On 6 December, Germany’s “friends of Belmonte” travelled overnight by bus, through St. Gotthard Pass towards Rome, and arrived at Belmonte in the morning.  Fr. Daniel Lozano, the Belmonte rector, welcomed them and Fr. Georg Egle, in his homily, spoke about the Salve Regina and their pilgrimage to Rome, which this year would take them through different images of the Blessed Mother in the Eternal City.  After settling in at the TRAI NOI hotel, they visited St Peter’s Basilica, where they admired Michelangelo’s world-famous PietaRead More