Francis – Initiatives and Gestures Category

POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer with material from ACIprensa • With prisoners once again. His favourites. The most forgotten and abandoned. During the afternoon of 18 April at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the foot-washing ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis urged the faithful to always be “brothers in service” as Jesus taught his apostles, and to put aside the ambition to dominate the other. As we meditate on the gesture and message of Pope Francis, we think of all the prison ministry projects within our SchoenstattRead More
THE POPE VIDEO, editorial team with material from ACIprensa On 8 January, the Holy See published the video with Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for January 2019, dedicated to the “evangelization of the youth and to work for peace.” As usual, this video can be found on Schoenstatt.org (bottom of the page) and we invite you to share it. In the video the Holy Father tells that “young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration” and invites the youth of the world toRead More
VATICAN, Veronica Giacometti/Walter Sánchez Silva vía ACIprensa • The Santa Marta Pediatric Clinic, which cares for children from different parts of the world daily, organized a celebration in anticipation of the Pope’s 82nd birthday held at the Vatican in the St. Paul VI Hall.— The Holy Father’s birthday was Monday, December 17th, Sunday, he shared an hour with 150 children, who attend the free clinic, along with their parents, families, doctors, and volunteers who help there. Sr. Antonietta Colacchi of the Daughters of Charity leads them. Francis arrived at the St.Read More
BRIDGES INSTEAD OF WALLS, POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • It is a historic moment for the universal Church. It puts to an end the two Catholic churches in China that co-existed up until now: the official and the clandestine churches. In return, Beijing recognizes the Pope as the Church’s only head. Bridges instead of walls. Faith changes history. — Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the architect and advocate of the agreement, explained its substance in a video message. “And today, for the first time all the Bishops in ChinaRead More
POPE FRANCIS – MESSAGES AND GESTURES • “I believe, based on several messages, that some Christians are uncertain whether or not it is ethical, good or bad, to rescue the immigrants who are in obvious danger of being shipwrecked and dying. I find it positive that the Holy Father has resolved this uncertainty for them,” commented José Antonio Cerezuela on Twitter. He is from Barcelona and describes himself as “one more among 8 billion. Trying to post a positive tweet every day.” Either way, this is a positive tweet, togetherRead More
POPE FRANCIS, by AICA. • The Church celebrated the Feast of St. George, and Pope Francis wanted to celebrate his birthday by sharing the sweetness of gelato to refresh the palate of Rome’s homeless population who rarely, if ever, dream of indulging in tasting gelato in the midst of spring or at any time of the year. — That was why, on Monday, 23 April, the Apostolic Almoner, the entity that distributes the Pope’s charity distributed 3,000 gelatos to Rome’s poor. For those who are welcomed daily in the diningRead More
FRANCIS AND WORKS OF MERCY, Álvaro de Juana via ACIprensa • Pope Francis once again left the walls of the Vatican to visit “Casa di Leda,” a residence that was confiscated from organized crime and now shelters female prisoners and their children. Continuing with the “Mercy Fridays” that the Holy Father began during the Jubilee of Mercy in 2016, Francis left the Vatican at 4.00pm (Roman time) accompanied by Mons. Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation. —   This is the first house ofRead More
DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR PEACE • After the prayer of the Angelus, on Sunday, 4 February, Pope Francis announced that “…Faced with the tragic prolonging of conflicts in various parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to join me in a Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February, the Friday of the First week of Lent. “We will offer it in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.” Both African countries are hit hard by civilRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ANGELUS , editorial team • Pope Francis opened the registration for JMJ Panamá 2019.  At that moment Ricardo “Riki” Villalba, a member of the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth from Paraguay was beside the Pope with Tablet in hand, literally his “right hand”: he has been living in Rome for almost a year as a missionary within the context of project  “Misión Roma” (“Mission Rome”), an initiative of support for the growth of the Schoenstatt Youth in Rome.  Tablet in hand and with a smile brimming with happiness, clicking (three times)Read More
PRAYING IN SOLIDARITY WITH POPE FRANCIS • As he often does after the Angelus, Pope Francis on Sunday, 28 January urged the Church to unite in prayer, this time especially for the victims of the recent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Yesterday from Afghanistan arrived the painful news of the terrible terrorist massacre carried out in the capital Kabul, with almost a hundred dead and numerous wounded. A few days ago another serious attack, still in Kabul, had sowed terror and death in a large hotel. How long will the AfghanRead More