Francis – Message Category

Letter by Pope Francis to the People of God, 20.08.2018 • On 31 May 2018, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the people of God in Chile, to this Church wounded by sexual abuse and the abuse of power. Like in Ireland, Germany, United States, Argentina….We know that as Schoenstatt, we are part of this Church, that there are Schoenstatters who abused and covered it up, and there are Schoenstatters who suffer with the pain of the victims and the entire people of God. Now, the Holy Father shared, withRead 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
By Maria Fischer • “They look like illegal migrants,” seems to say the border official at one of these borders crowded by hundreds of migrants and refugees, who, according to public opinion and even some emerging political parties choose “our country first,” threaten the culture, well-being and security of leading countries. Someone like the person who is approaching this border from the other side: a man in shabby clothes, a woman who looks far too young to already have a child and who now presents her baby who is justRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • Never far from the daily events, on 14 July Pope Francis used his Twitter account to send “send my cordial greetings to all those following the World Soccer Championships that begin today in Russia. I hope this sports event may be a positive opportunity for encounter and fellowship.” While the world’s interest turns to the World Cup, Pope Francis on 17 June once again used the Angelus prayer to call for a globalization of solidarity with nations and people who areRead More
Pentecost 2018, Pope Francis • On the solemn celebration of Pentecost, Pope Francis, accompanied by the cardinals, bishops, and priests of the Roman Curia celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. With the echoes of the announcement of the upcoming canonisation in Rome of Paul VI and Oscar Romero. Francis spoke of the Holy Spirit as the divine force that changes the world, beginning with hearts. The Holy Spirit that takes us, our communities, and the whole church out of its comfort zone, from “peace and quiet” and sends us toRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD • Pope Francis delivered a video message for the International Marian Vigil with young people that took place at the St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows in Teramo, Italy, in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops on Youth, urging them to not be silent and to teach the adults about dialogue and concord. He spoke about the digital revolution, Mary, and the mission that youth have. — Text of the video message Dear friends, I am happy to take part in the International MarianRead More
WORLD MISSION DAY, POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE • Pope Francis dedicated this message for World Mission Day, to be celebrated on 21 October 2018, to the youth, saying that the “conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.” The message was published on Pentecost, the feast day of the young and missionary church. Francis explained that the next Synod, taking place in Rome in October, mission moth, will provide an opportunity to better understand,Read More
POPE FRANCIS – GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE • Are you among those who are just not satisfied with a mediocre existence? This is the start of a catchy video, that was professionally produced to introduce a new Apostolic Exhortation. This is something completely new. “The Vatican went all out with this truly attractive video,” commented José Argüello from Paraguay, who will this coming weekend speak at a retreat about Pope Francis’ most recent invitation to the whole Church. “The ‘constructive criticism’ of the youth in the pre-synod document must have served themRead More
EASTER 2018 – POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY DURING EASTER SUNDAY MASS IN ST. PETERS • Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Mass of the Resurrection with thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square and improvised a homily during which he highlighted three aspects of the resurrection: surprise, haste, and what about me? In line with his message at the Easter Vigil, he challenged everyone:  “And what do I do on this Easter Day 2018?”— Complete text of Pope Francis’ homily, 1.4.2018 After listening to the Word of God from this Gospel passage,Read More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS • After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father made an appeal for Syria, after an alleged chemical attack took place in the town of Duma.— “There is terrible news from Syria, the bombing of dozens of victims of which many of them were women and children. News of so many people affected by chemical substances contained within the bombs. We pray for all the dead, for the wounded, for the families who suffer. There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing canRead More