Covenant solidarity with Francis Category

SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel On 15 February, Pope Francis announced that Friday 23 February would be a day of prayer and fasting for the resolution of the conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  — For many of us, these places are very far away and it is difficult to feel empathy for people we know nothing about. These are also places that the media often ignores.  I live in South Africa but even here, the main news channels rarely report on the raging conflictsRead More
MISIÓN ROMA, Ricardo Villalba • Three days from finishing an incredible year spent with ““Misión Roma”, Ricardo, “Riky,” Villalba received the gift he had waited for during 12 months: during the Angelus, in front of everyone in St. Peter’s Square, he held the tablet and helped the Pope “click” his registration, thus inaugurating World Youth Day registration, WYD Panama 2019. Being at the Holy Father’s side and then being able to greet him, he relates that experience. — My name is Ricardo Villalba, I am 22 years old, and I haveRead More
PERU, Jorge Sosa Alonso with Maria Fischer • In Trujillo, more than 60 venerated images from all over northern Peru came together for the visit by Pope Francis. Among them was an image of Our Lady of Schoenstatt. On 19 January, Jorge Sosa Alonso took her to the waterfront esplanade of Huanchaco where the Holy Father celebrated Mass on 20 January and he then took her to the Plaza de Armas Square, where the Marian celebration was held. In preparation for the Pope’s visit, on Wednesday 17 January, a largeRead 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
Editorial team • After the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis asked the Mother of God for the gift of consolation and a peaceful future for those who suffer as a result of natural disasters and the conflicts that assail many parts of the world. “To Mary Queen of Peace, who we contemplate today in the glory of Paradise, I once again want to entrust the anxieties and pain of the people who in many parts of the world are suffering as aRead 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
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
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN JUNE • “May the Spirit grant peace to the whole world. May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this [Saturday] night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.” With these words, Pope Francis asked the universal Church to unite their prayers for peace and for the victims of the attacks in London on the eve of Pentecost. Another #prayforLondon hashtag? As we remember Manchester, Paris, and Berlin, we run theRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS FOR CURRENT NEEDS • On Sunday 7 May, Pope Francis asked thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Rosary for peace during the month of May. After praying the Regina Coeli for the first Sunday of May, Pope Francis said: “In this month of May we pray the Rosary particularly for peace. Please, let us pray the Rosary for peace, as asked by the Virgin of Fatima where, in a few days, I will be making a pilgrimage for the occasion of theRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • “That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace” – this is the Holy Father`s universal prayer intention for the month of May 2017. In the monthly video spread and developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), he says: “When we look at Africa, we see much more than its great natural richness. We see its joie de vivre, and above all, we see grounds for hope in Africa’s rich intellectual, culturalRead More