Francis – Message Category

POPE FRANCIS, MASS WITH REFUGEES, María Fischer • In a St. Peter’s basilica filled with a spirit of solidarity for the 250 immigrants, rescuers and survivors of the Mediterranean cemetery, Pope Francis on 8 July – the anniversary of his historic visit to Lampedusa in 2013, the first planned trip of his pontificate – launched a renewed and powerful appeal to help those “symbols of all those rejected” people who migrate. “They are first of all human persons”, he said, in midst of the tension in Italy over confrontations betweenRead More
CHRIST IS ALIVE. The Pope’s letter to youth, editorial team • “Christ is alive. He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Thus begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit” (Christ is a live), signed by Pope Francis in Loreto, in the Marian shrine of the Holy House on 25 March, and published by the Vatican on 2 April.— The exhortation follows from theRead More
POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • At the end of the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday, Pope Francis said a heartfelt prayer in which he asked the Lord to help us to see his cross in all of the world’s crosses. — It is an invitation into reality, into the concrete, to connect the news found in the newspapers with what is also experienced around the cross of Christ, to put names and images into each line of this prayer, which emerges from faith andRead More
Happy Easter 2019 • Human history does not end before a sepulchral stone, because today it discovers the “living stone” (cf. 1 Pet 2:4): the Risen Jesus. We as Church are founded on Him and, even when we lose heart, when we are tempted to judge everything on the basis of our failures, He comes to make things new, to overturn our disappointments. Tonight each one is called to find in the Living One the one who removes the heaviest stones from the heart. First of all, let us askRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGES OF WYD2019, Maria Fischer • It has been more than three weeks since Pope Francis’ farewell from Panama. Phrases from his homilies, speeches, and prayers still echo in many conversations. There are publications with ten of Pope Francis’ phrases from WYD. Which one is yours, theirs? Here I share “my” phrase from each of Pope Francis’ messages, from a personal—schoenstatt.org perspective—and I’m inviting everyone to identify “their” memorable phrase, that impressed, that transformed, that questioned, and that made us want to take action. — The way ofRead More
HOW I EXPERIENCED WYD2019 – POPE FRANCIS, Editorial team. • The World Youth Day 2019 has ended, but we carry on – we continue with the impressions of the events that are still missing on schoenstatt.org, and we begin a new series of articles under the theme: “How I experienced the World Youth Day.” We asked several people and are looking forward to the testimonies of many more – and the first to give his testimony is Pope Francis himself. — Pope Francis’ Testimony at the General Audience, 30.01.2019 DearRead More
WYD PANAMA, Pope Francis’ messages 24.01.2019, María Fischer• “I just heard the Pope’s words to the bishops in Central America. These are words for us to reread, pray, and discover the message in order to bring it to life. Not only for the religious but also for lay people who play any pastoral role,” commented Ana María Ghiggi from the Schoenstatt.org team after the live transmission of Pope Francis’ meeting on 24 January. We share the messages here so that we can read, pray, and discover and bring Pope Francis’Read More
IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCIS, editorial team • In his address to the Roman Curia on 21 December, Pope Francis emphasized the Church’s commitment to eradicating all abuse against minors. He gave “heartfelt thanks to those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims’ voices heard.” They are the “new Nathans” who show David the gravity of his sin, new Nathans, new prophets, that the Church needs more than ever today.— Instead of commenting on the comments that we haveRead More
POPE FRANCIS – CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2018 • Sitting around the table at the jewellery workshop of the Brothers of Mary in Schoenstatt in the afternoon on Christmas Day, a Paraguyan, a German who lived in Chile for nearly 25 years, an English woman who was born in India, and a half-Latina German woman, we spoke about how to translate “fraternity.” Or rather, we were talking about Pope Francis’ message and about inculturation, internationality, internationalization (of the Schoenstatt communities, the place of origin) and the international mission of schoenstatt.org and itsRead More
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POPE FRANCIS – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR • On the second World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis called for us to listen to the “cry of those who live in troubled waters”. At the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, he admonished the Church and the faithful for not paying more attention to the “momentary storms”, but to “invite Jesus on board” and like him, give our hands to the poor. — And not only out of a sense of social responsibility (this too), but a theological need: anRead More