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FRANCIS – EASTER 2017 • During Easter Sunday Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis broke with tradition and gave a homily that reflected closely on the dramas at play in the world today: ” Let us think a little about our daily problems, the illnesses that each one of us or one of our family members have experienced,” Francis said, and then he asked: “What does the Church say to us today in the light of so many tragedies? Simply this: the stone that was rejected is notRead More
EASTER OF THE RESURRECTION • “Let us go back to proclaim, to share, to reveal that it is true: the Lord is alive!” With these words, Pope Francis urged those who attended the Easter Vigil not to remain closed in the tomb, but to resurrect like Jesus, and he warned that if we are not able to do this, we “are not Christians.” He encouraged everyone to be “driven to keep walking and not resign ourselves to the fact that things have to end this way.” This is the EasterRead More
FRANCIS on the periphery, by Maria Fischer with content from Vatican Radio and Aleteia • The washing of feet on Holy Thursday, calling to mind Jesus, reminds us that “God loves us to the ends of the earth” despite our sinfulness. Pope Francis reminded us of this during the Mass of the Last Supper, which he celebrated at Paliano prison. It is Italy’s only prison for “collaborators of justice”, former mafia members who turn state witness to testify against their former associates and require protection.  In 2013, a few daysRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • At the end of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome, where the first Christians were martyred, Pope Francis turned to the people who were present and prayed a long and heartfelt prayer of reparation for the sins that humanity and the even the Church have committed against Jesus on the cross. Complete text of Pope Francis’ prayer: O Christ! Abandoned and betrayed even by your own and sold for next to nothing. O Christ! Judged by sinners, handed overRead More
P.  Rolando Montes – Saludos de pascua – Easter Greetings – Ostergrüße • Un aporte de sacerdotes estudiantes en Roma A contribution from priest students in Rome Ein Beitrag von Priestern im Studium in RomRead More
PRAYING WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY • Last week it was Peru. Now it’s Colombia.  According to the authorities, at least 254 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in flooding and mudslides caused by strong rains in Mocoa, the capital of Colombia’s Putumayo Province in the south east of the country. Some 400 people are also thought to be missing.  Our Holy Father is on a pastoral visit to the Italian diocese of Carpi which was affected by an earthquake in May 2012.  He cameRead More
ROMA BELMONTE, by Fr. Rolando Montes de Oca • The Church Fathers described Lent as an ascent of a hill towards Easter. This is a forty-day journey where renew our strength so that we don’t give up or choose the wrong path. On Sunday 19 March, about 30 Schoenstatters came together at the International Schoenstatt Centre Belmonte to walk with Mary, so that we can learn with her how to remain firm at the foot of the Cross. We were welcomed by Sr. Giulia.  In her opening talk, Sr. GuiliaRead More
ITALY, ROME BELMONTE, Gianluca Gentile • 19 March 2017. We met at the International Schoenstatt Centre Bemonte for an afternoon of retreat, reflection and prayer, but above all to listen to our deep desire for God. What Scriptures did our Holy Mother Church give us for this day? It couldn’t have been more fitting! The dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 is beautiful and touches something deep down inside our hearts. Jesus is thirsty and tired. It is midday and it is very hot. The SamaritanRead More
Together for Europe, Beatriz Lauenroth • The “European Adventure” officially began 60 years ago with the signing of the Treaties of Rome. On the 25th March 1957, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy and the Benelux Countries signed a series of contracts laying “the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe“ (Preamble to the Treaty). Today once more, the focus will be on Rome. On the 25th March 2017, European Heads of State will meet in Rome to offer a sign of unity in the contextRead More
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