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WORLD YOUTH DAY IN PANAMA, AICA and editorial team • “Let it be done to me according to your word,” is the title of the official World Youth Day hymn (WYD) Panama 2019, which was introduced this July 3rd by the Archbishop of Panama, Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, in the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. Abdiel Jiménez, catechist and psalmist of the Cristo Resucitado Parish, in San Miguelito, author of several liturgical pieces, member of different choirs and a graduate of the School of Religious Science from Santa Maria LaRead More
VATICAN, AICA and editorial team • Francis calls us to be close to those Christians who have distanced themselves from their faith in Christ and highlighted the importance of joy in proclaiming the message of the Gospels, in the July 2017 edition of The Pope Video, promoted by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. “But we must not leave him alone. We should offer him Christian hope – with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy,” he said. “Let us pray for our brothersRead More
Maria Fischer • His nose just about reached the rim of the baptismal font if he stretched hard enough. It didn’t satisfy him, so he hopped and jumped again and again while his eyes shone with irrepressible joy and impatience. During the Litany of the Saints we would have loved to pour over him a whole bath of baptismal water and soak him in a completely unorthodox way. … The sight of this young catechumen, and the thought of the bath of baptismal water, gave rise to so much joyRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • Every month, Pope Francis shares his prayer intentions via The Pope Video initiative. The Holy Father’s intention for July is for people who are “distant from the Christian faith.” Pope Francis starts by urging us to “never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ.” In his wisdom and a lifetime of ministry, Francis recognises that “when a Christian becomes sad…he has distanced himself from Jesus.” It is precisely at this point, that each one of us, the community of believers is called act. We areRead More
VATICAN/G20, MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE G20 • While cars were burning in Hamburg’s streets, businesses looted and stones were flying, and the “most powerful man in the world” was absent from the consultations of the heads of government of the most powerful economic, and hence political, nations on climate change, a man “from the end of the world” addressed a message to the hostess of the summit conference and its participants. Modest, yet passionate, his message is probably well known to all of us from his encyclical EvangeliiRead More
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC/VATICAN, editorial team • Today, 1 July 2017, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Ramón Benito Ángeles Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Bishop Benito Ángeles is the vicar of Santo Domingo among other things he is also a member of the Schoenstatt Secular Institute of Diocesan Priests. Congratulations Bishop Ramón Benito and our prayers and contributions to the capital of grace! Original: Spanish. 1 July 2017. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USARead More
COLOMBIA/VATICAN, editorial team • In two months, Pope Francis will land in Colombia. The Colombian Bishops’ Conference set up a website [Spanish only] so that the faithful all around the world can follow his travels. The page already contains all of the information pertaining to his apostolic visit. From 6 to 10 September, Pope Francis will visit Bogotá, Medellín, and Villavicencio. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to welcome him at his various stops. was created for all those who cannot be there in person. It provides information about theRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS BASED ON CURRENT EVENTS After the Angelus on the first Sunday of July, Pope Francis greeted the people of Rome and pilgrims from all over the world gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He used the opportunity to ask, once again, for “peace in Venezuela.” “On 5 July, Venezuela celebrates the anniversary of its independence. I promise my prayers for this beloved nation and express my closeness to the families who have lost their children in the demonstrations. I call for an end to the violence and thatRead More
Editorial team, with material from AICA • The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has announced the launch of a website in preparation for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly under the theme “Youth, faith and vocational discernment,” which will take place in October 2018. The website is already available at this address:  (for the moment it’s only available in Italian but other languages will follow soon. The youth survey can be found here. This initiative will promote greater participation by all the youth of the world, not onlyRead More
Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor; editorial team • Let’s always remember that our faith is concrete: the Word became flesh, not an idea!  — This tweet by Pope Francis posted a few days ago is a good summary of one of his key concerns, a concern that he shares with Fr. Kentenich and with many of his spiritual sons and daughters. From the Cross, Jesus did not say to us: “Here are your books,” but rather said: “Here is your mother.” Real life. TheRead More