Church – Francis – Movements Category

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TOGETHER FOR EUROPE, Fr. Bruno Heinz • Should we – or should we not, due to corona? So we asked ourselves in the run-up to the planning for the regional day of Togethr for Landau-Pfalz whether we should hold the conference or cancel it. We decided on the former, and in retrospect everyone thought it was a good idea. —   Landau.  King Otto, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link This kind of meeting was offered for the first time in 2015, at that time still in the common room of theRead More
ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer • There are many ways to remember each year on September 15, the anniversary of Fr. Joseph Kentenich’s death, and this year, it will be in the context of the shocks of the pandemic and a serious questioning of the person of Fr. Kentenich and his family’s relationship with him. It can be done, as always, with Masses, with prayers, with marathons of memories, videos and photos… or, with an Episcopal ordination. By placing the life of a Schoenstatter and thus have a whole Movement at theRead More
Interview with Ignacio Suazo Zepeda on “Our Table: Dialogues for Chile” (NM) • In the context of the Chilean social crisis, resulting from the social explosion of October 18, and close to initiating a process of approval or rejection of a new constitution for the country, the Catholic University of Chile and the Catholic Voices Foundation have called 60 personalities to talk about the great challenges of these times. This dialogue will take place during three months around nine thematic tables: “the city, poverty and segregation”, “economic and working life”,Read More
IN THE SPIRIT OF LAUDATO SI’ • Together this week, Christians on six continents will start the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home with three transformational events. — In a joint statement, the presidents of the CCEE and the CEC invite the faithful to take part in the Season of Creation, encouraging them to celebrate the richness of the Christian faith as an expression to protect our common home: From 1 September to 4 October, Christians all over the world celebrate the Season of Creation, asRead More
COVENANT OF LOVE IN TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS, Maria Fischer with Pilar de Beas • “They copied us,” says Pilar de Beas upon learning of the campaign launched by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. Following the words of Pope Francis after the Angelus on July 26th, the dicastery launched the campaign “The elderly are your grandparents” to invite young people throughout the world to make a gesture of tenderness towards elderly people who feel lonely, because “every elderly is your grandfather or grandmother and they need you!”Read More
Interview with Ulrich Grauert, Switzerland, on Economy of Francesco • “I am one of the 2000 young people who were selected for The Economy of Francesco in Assisi,” Valentina Alarcón, an engineer from Chile, wrote to me in the chat of a video conference on social justice and the new social order, which was organized by a group of Chilean Schoenstatters motivated by the social thought of Joseph Kentenich. “We have to talk about this specifically”, I write back, “I know someone from Switzerland who is also present. I referRead More
Pilar Andrade, Spain • The issue of environmentalism bothers a lot of people. They find the demonstrations in which thousands of people – especially young people – take to the streets demanding measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe, exaggerated. Greta Thünberg, in particular, is bothering people: how can a teenage brat teach government leaders lessons? In Spain, which is where I write from, many associate environmentalism with the extreme left, and therefore with a political ideology whose historical roots are not only alien, but even contradictory to some aspects ofRead More
By Bettina Betzner, Germany  • Dear Pope Francis, I would like to have a personal conversation with you about ‘Laudato Si’. I would like to seek your warm closeness, to look into your eyes, to be captured by your warm gaze, to be moved by your spiritual depth and your authenticity, to make your concern my concern… I had this experience when I saw the film “A Man of His Word” by Wim Wenders. —   Meeting you has changed something in me. After your message in the film IRead More
WYD2019,Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life • The World Youth Day Magazine, in an issue dedicated to the World Youth Day which took place in Panama in 2019, is now available for free online on the website of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life. — For the past thirty years, the magazine has been an official testimony to the fruitful dialogue between the Holy Father and young people. Published by the John Paul II Youth Foundation as a single issue containing multiple languages, (English, Spanish, French, andRead More
ARGENTINA, María Fischer • “I entrust myself to your prayers and closeness to live this new mission with joy…”, Father Jorge González wrote to me on the afternoon of the day of the announcement of his appointment as auxiliary bishop of his native diocese, La Plata, where he has been working as  a pastor and rector of the cathedral for a little more than a year, with the great pastoral project of “sanctifying the cathedra”l. A half hour after the simultaneous announcement in Rome and Argentina, an article about “our”Read More