Church – Francis – Movements Category

GERMANY, Maria Fischer • To this day, it is “incomprehensible to me how such crimes were possible in a Christian-influenced country like Germany,” said Archbishop Reinhard Cardinal Marx, when he visited the Mortal Agony of Christ Chapel on the grounds of the memorial site of the former Dachau concentration camp in connection with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the end of the war. A short film was recorded there for the online offer of the archbishopric of Munich and Freising.— The fact thatRead More
INTERNATIONAL, editors• “And since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity for believers of all religions to unite spiritually this 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: 14 May, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and perform works of charity.” This was announced by the Holy Father on Sunday, May 3, after the prayer of the Regina Coeli. — InRead More
CHILE/MADRUGADORES INTERNACIONAL, Octavio Galarce •  On Wednesday morning, the 29th, we Madrugadores felt a great joy, when we received the response of Pope Francis to a letter in which we told him that on Saturday, May 2nd, more than 300 communities from 16 countries: Portugal, Spain, Germany, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Chile, would unite spiritually with him – and with each other – by participating “live” through Zoom, YouTube Madrugadores Chile, and YouTube from the Vatican, inRead More
GERMANY, Press Release Gedenkstättenseelsorge Dachau• The Protestant Churches of Bavaria and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising  marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp with an ecumenical service of remembrance on the 27th April 2020. This took place in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation, built on the actual location of the former prisoner camp site, a short distance from the crematorium. The video recording of this service is made available on April 29, 2020,  the 75th anniversary of the liberation of  the concentration campRead More
CHURCH REACHING OUT IN TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS, editorial Schoenstatt.org  • “This document is a gem. I’ve been reading it, fast, diagonally. With a little more calm, I read the prayers at the beginning. Then the advice for this rare Holy Week that we have to live. I have not reached the words of the Pope in the third part. The fact that a document like this is being published shows that we are living in difficult times, that they are not going to pass as quickly as we would like,”Read More
YOUTH – THE NOW OF THE CHURCH, WYD LISBON 2023 • The Holy Father announced that the #WYD and the World Meeting of #Families have each been postponed for one year: #Rome2022, #Lisboa2023.— Taking heed of the concerns of families and young people to adjust these events according to changed logistical circumstances and requirements, wanting to promote better organizational and pastoral preparation, taking into account the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having and will have on families and young people, these are the reasons behind the postponement of theRead More
EASTER 2020 in the time of the coronavirus, Maria Fischer • A recycled Easter candle from last year, in my home shrine; an LED flame candle with an Easter cross attached (for the first time in my long life, it’s acceptable) for a relative in a nursing home that I haven’t been able to visit for weeks. A bottle of holy water found in some corner of the house. And the most important thing on this Easter night of 2020: a candle in the window of my apartment, to beRead More
EASTER 2020 – MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS IN THE URBI ET ORBI BLESSING • The Dutch flowers prepared for the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square remained in Holland. We stayed at home. We returned to the celebrations in the homes as the first communities, from all the nations intertwined in front of the screens. Pope Francis came out to speak to us and to bless, once again, the city and the world. In his speech, in which as every Easter he reviewed all the world’s current events,Read More
EASTER 2020 – HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS AT THE EASTER VIGIL  • Easter Vigil in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica. In a reference to the current crisis of the coronavirus, Pope Francis asked to maintain hope in the face of what he called “the darkest hour”. Darkness does not have the last word. The light of the Resurrection comes out, with the candles lit in St. Peter’s Basilica and in thousands of windows. Easter 2020 is the right to hope. It is a sending like the one theRead More
CHURCH REACHING OUT IN TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS, MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR HOLY WEEK 2020 • Pope Francis sends this video message to Christians around the world as we prepare to celebrate Holy Week in an unusual manner due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. He prays especially for those suffering and for all the families whose lives have been upset in this difficult time.— He noted how difficult and full of suffering these weeks have been for the many people whose lives have been affected by Covid-19. “I can imagineRead More