Dilexit ecclesiam Category

“Pope Francis looks ahead and calls for a Church that sets out, because “God’s word constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him ‘to go forth’” (EG20). Those who only look back and want to preserve it, will lose the future. That is why our Holy Father urges us “to move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry”.” Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch from Freiburg, and Head of the German Bishops’ Conference up until 2013, chose “Evangelii Gaudium” as the theme forRead More
org. "Pope Francis looks ahead and calls for a Church that sets out, because “God’s word constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him ‘to go forth’” (EG20). Those who only look back and want to preserve it, will lose the future. That is why our Holy Father urges us “to move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry”." Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch from Freiburg, and Head of the German Bishops' Conference up until 2013, chose "Evangelii Gaudium" as the themeRead More
PARAGUAY, org. The Bishop of the Diocese of Caacupé, Claudio Giménez, a Schoenstatt Father, asked the people to pray daily for the visit of Pope Francis, “the messenger of joy and of peace.” In the traditional Sunday Mass, Bishop Giménez spoke about the Holy Father’s visit in July. He asked the Paraguayan people to pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary daily, as a sign of hope for the important visit. Moreover he presented the name that the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference (CEP) affectionately gave to Pope Francis. We areRead More
VATICAN/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, org. On the 24th of February 2015, Holy Father Francis appointed Father Andrés Napoleón Romero Cárdena as bishop of Barahona (area 6,973, population 396,270, Catholics 215,000, priests 28, permanent deacons 2, religious 54), Dominican Republic. The bishop-elect was born in Ramonal Arriba, Dominican Republic in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He holds a licentiate in philosophy and letters and in religious sciences from the Pontifical University Mater et Magistra, Dominican Republic, and in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and has served in aRead More
VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Stella and Víctor Domínguez. "So many wounded families, so many broken marriages, so much relativism regarding the idea of the sacrament of matrimony,” said Holy Father Francis to the Schoenstatt Movement in the audience on the occasion of the Founding Jubilee, this passed October 25th. “So, it is clear that something must be done. Therefore your question: what can we do? Yes, we can provide great talks, give a declaration of principles, sometimes we have to do this, right? With clear ideas: Look, this you are proposing is notRead More
VATICAN, aciprensa. The Paraguayan couple, Víctor and Stella Domínguez, traveled to Rome from January 22nd-24th to participate in the International Congress of Family and Life Movements, Groups and Associations with the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World,” where they shared their experience in the pastoral for divorced people in a new relationship.Read More
ITALY, rd/mda. On Tuesday, January 27th, at 4:00 p.m., in the Frascati Cathedral, Bishop D. Faffaello Martinelli conducted the official opening of the cause of beatification and canonization of Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement. The ceremony could be followed online.  Read More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE, Melanie and Ulrich Grauert/mda. Loppiano, near Florence, is the first of many other settlements of the Focolare Movement in the world. The Movement runs a number of businesses and a centre for encounter there, offers training courses for youth, families, priests and religious, as well as for those who want to join the Focolare communities, who follow a two-year basic training. It is here that an economic congress will take place in March 2015. It all began in 1999 when Pope John Paul II had the ideaRead More
ITALY, mda. Jesús Morán, Spanish philosopher and theologian, was elected co-president of the Focolare Movement in the General Assembly 2014, which was held last September. Together with the President of the Focolare Movement, Maria Voce, he took part in the audience of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement with Pope Francis. In an interview with Aurora Nicosia of the International Press Office of the Focolare Movement, he took a stand, also in view of the audience of the General Congregation of the Focolare Movement with Pope Francis, to the actualRead More
VATICAN, vis.This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India.Read More