Francis – Initiatives and Gestures Category

POPE FRANCIS’ INITIATIVES • At the end yesterday’s General Audience, Pope Francis called everyone to unite themselves to the “one minute for peace” initiative, which will take place on Thursday 8 June at 1300, Roman time, and said that it recalls the meeting in the Vatican Gardens with then Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on 8 June 2014. “Tomorrow at 1300, several countries will renew the initiative: “One minute for peace.” This is a short moment of prayer on the anniversary of my meeting with deceasedRead More
FRANCIS on the periphery, by Maria Fischer with content from Vatican Radio and Aleteia • The washing of feet on Holy Thursday, calling to mind Jesus, reminds us that “God loves us to the ends of the earth” despite our sinfulness. Pope Francis reminded us of this during the Mass of the Last Supper, which he celebrated at Paliano prison. It is Italy’s only prison for “collaborators of justice”, former mafia members who turn state witness to testify against their former associates and require protection.  In 2013, a few daysRead More
IN PRAYER WITH POPE FRANCIS, Editorial team with material from Pope’s Prayer and AICA • It was an initiative for the Year of Mercy, but it has continued. The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network to collaborate in spreading the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions about the challenges facing humanity. In this case, the intention is pre-determined, but the new intention, the “last minute intention” is announced during the first Angelus of the month. The last minute intention for February is: Let usRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS, Maria Fischer – editorial staff schoenstatt.org • The wait. After the first Angelus for February, Pope Francis announced his prayer intention, the current, last minute intention, or as we say in Schoenstatt: the intention with his hand on the pulse of time. In Bamberg, Germany and Tucumán, Argentina, and the schoenstatt.org team who was especially waiting because they share the commitment to make the Pope’s initiative their own. Not only with prayer, but also with contributions to the Capital of Grace. February began with the encounter betweenRead More
VATICAN/CHILE, Maria Fischer • The worst forest fires registered in Chile’s history are affecting southern Chile. More than 4 million people were deployed to attend to the emergency. Among them were military personnel, firefighters, volunteers and brigades, as well as thirty-seven aircraft, water trucks and heavy machinery to combat the fires. Six deaths have been reported from the worst forest fires in Chile’s history. They have consumed more than 190,000 hectares of forests and farmland in the central and southern part of the country, according to the latest report fromRead More
Maria Fischer, Editorial board schoenstatt.org • In these very cold days, I think of and invite you to think of all of the people who live on the streets, suffering the cold and oftentimes indifference. Unfortunately, some have not survived. We pray for them and we ask the Lord to warm our hearts so that we may be able to help them. (Pope Francis, Angelus, Sunday 8 January 2017) “For January, we start with this,” shares Silvia Losada from Tucumán.  Just two days after the decision by the schoenstatt.org teamRead More
POPE FRANCIS – By Philip Kosloski, via Aleteia, and Maria Fischer Already from the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has demonstrated care and special attention toward humanity’s many challenges and has emphasized, on frequent occasions, his desire to create a “culture of encounter.”  This year, to deepen his cause, Pope Francis has changed the form in which he selects his monthly prayer intentions that he entrusts to the Pope’s World Web of Prayer (previously known as the Apostolate of Prayer). Since 1928, the corresponding Pope has selected two prayerRead More
FRANCIS IN THE YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis on 2 November expressed his proximity to the Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia, Renato Boccardo, over the phone for the people affected by the latest earthquakes, particularly the one that took place on 30 October, and said that during his visit to Sweden he accompanied this tragedy “and from there, I prayed for you.” Norsia — also the birthplace of St. Benedict — was hit by a powerful earthquake on 24 August that also affected other parts of central Italy.  However, it wasRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • During his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis repeated his appeals to help the suffering nation of Syria. According to Vatican Radio, at the conclusion of the audience, Francis lamented “the dramatic news concerning the fate of the people of Aleppo.” After a ceasefire collapsed last week, rebel-held areas of Aleppo were heavily bombarded, creating a plight for the areas’ 250,000 residents.  This morning, the Syrian military announced it was launching concentrated air strikes in Aleppo and nearby areas, targeting insurgent heldRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME, Maria Fischer • Pope Francis once again offered a glimpse of the works of mercy he undertakes every Friday as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.  This time he visited the neo-natal unit at the San Giovanni Hospital in Rome and a hospice that houses 30 terminally ill patients. Where babies fight for their lives The man in white dressed in green and visited babies who are fighting for their lives in incubators, and terminally ill patients who are waiting for the end of their lives.  FrancisRead More