Francis – Initiatives and Gestures Category

mda. Francis' visit to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, on July 8, 2013, is called "Francis' first encyclical". It was a visit filled with words and gestures that were so simple as well as clear and prophetic. "I believe that I have never felt so much as Church as within the Covenant solidarity", said María Paz Leiva, from Madrid.Read More
BRAZIL, Maria Rita Vianna/mda. “It's official.  Our Fr. Alexandre Awi de Mello will form part of the Papal entourage.  He was personally chosen by Pope Francis to be his translator during World Youth Day.  We will post an interview with Fr. Alexandre on the website of the Brazilian Schoenstatt Boys' Youth. Watch this space!" These were the words on the Facebook page of the Schoenstatt Boys' Youth IGNIS meeting.  The news began to spread like wildfire on 21 July.  Fr. Alexandre Awi de Mello, the national spiritual director for theRead More
org. Yesterday, Pope Francis visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, for some years now an entry point for many immigrants, a significant number of whom have lost their lives in the surrounding seas. He proceeded to Cala Pisana by car, where he boarded a boat in order to arrive at the Port of Lampedusa by water. The Holy Father was accompanied by fishermen in their boats. During the journey he committed a wreath to the sea in memory of those immigrants who have lost theirRead More
BRAZIL, aciprensa. Catholics can send their prayer intentions to the National Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida, Patronness of Brazil, for the Mass with Pope Francis on 24 July.      Read More
ROME, VIS. "Lumen Fidei", Light of Faith: The Holy Father Francis` first enciclical letter was published today, in the middle of the Year of Faith;  it was signed on 29 June, the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, first witnesses to the faith of the Church of Rome, where Peter's Successor is called to confirm all brothers in the unity of faith. “'Those who believe, see'. This expression … encapsulates the teaching of Pope Francis in this, his first encyclical. It is a text situatedRead More
BRAZIL,aciprensa. Catholics can send their intentions to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil, to be offered at the Holy Eucharist that the Holy Father will celebrate there on July 24th.    Read More
mda. "We are only 100 days into this 'revolution of goodness.'  This was one of the headlines on 21 June, when almost every newspaper, website and television programme was talking about Pope Francis' first 100 days in office.  It has been 100 days since 13 March when he introduced himself to the world with words that caught everyone's attention:  "And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People…A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for theRead More
ROMA, mda. Who is this Bergoglio who speaks so simply and naturally that everyone can understand him? Who is this Francis who sits among a group of people and speaks frankly and honestly and is not afraid of the truth, and refers to the Holy Spirit as his most obvious ally? "We need to allow ourselves to be guided by Him, even if He takes us along unchartered paths; we need to be transformed by Him so that our message is always the Word, accompanied by real life; a spiritRead More
mda. On Sunday the Church all round the world was united in prayer for an hour – for the first simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. All over the world Catholics united at 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time in Cathedrals, churches and religious houses to pray. Pope Francis led the Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter's, while Catholic churches in more than seventy countries joined in. This hour of common adoration around the globe was one of the climaxes of the Year of Faith, and an historical event, because for the first timeRead More
PARAGUAY, Father Antonio Cosp. On February 23rd, three days before traveling to Rome, thirty-five Schoenstatt Fathers of Father’s Region (Argentina, Italy, Nigeria, Paraguay and Uruguay) met with the Cardinal in the Curia of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. I was grateful to con-celebrate with him for the first time in his cathedral. We came from Florencio Varela in different automobiles and at different times. He welcomed each group at the door, and he led us into a simple hall. There was a brief introduction, and he made himself available forRead More