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Pope Francis to young people – editorial team • Under the mantle of Mary, you can rediscover the creativity and strength to be protagonists of a culture of alliance and thus to generate new paradigms to guide the life of Brazil” Pope Francis to the youth of Brazil at the closing of Rota 300, 29.07.2017 “I still hadn’t read the Pope’s message. I hope you can share it on because it confirms what he told us in 2014 in Paul VI Hall,” commented Fr. Alexandre Awi, the Secretary ofRead More
Maria Fischer • Pope Francis’ joy was palpable as he spoke about World Youth Day during the first general audience after summer vacation: “Let us begin precisely with the young people, who were the primary reason for the Journey. Once again they have answered the call: they came from all over the world – some of them are even here! [indicating pilgrims in the Hall]. A celebration of colors, of different faces, of languages, of diverse histories. I don’t know how they do it: they speak different languages, but theyRead More

Posted On 16.04.2016In Francis - Message

Mercy and alms

FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” On Saturday 9 April in the Holy Year, Pope Francis once again presided over the Jubilee Audience before thousands of pilgrims and faithful in St. Peter’s Square. Each of us could ask ourselves: “Am I able to stop and look in the face, in the eye of that person who is asking me? Am I able?” Thus, we must not identify almsgiving with the simple coin offered in haste, without looking atRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa, member of`s editorial board • There is not a lot of good news these days. Turn on the television and you hear about Syrian refugees being denied entry to Europe, civil strife in Palestine, Burundi, and Burkina Faso, families torn apart by gang and drug violence in Mexico and South Africa, extremist terrorist groups laying waste to parts of the Middle East and Africa, human rights abuses in Myanmar, Paraguay, and Angola. How do you find hope and joy? The question that the SchoenstattRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • One of my favourite church hymns has this chorus: “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” This reminds me of its antithesis. Mahatma Ghandi was once quoted as saying that he had great respect for Christ but did not have great regard for Christians. Ghandi’s comment touches the heart of what where we have often failed to be truly Christian. To be a Christian is not about the number of Masses we attend, the number of rosaries we pray or being involvedRead More
Editors of • Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch, during the Freiburg diocesan pilgrimage to Schoenstatt, gave a sermon to the pilgrims picking up central moments of Pope Francis` message to the Schoenstatt Movement at the jubilee pilgrimage to Rome, October 25, 2014. We here publish the English translation of the text the text of the sermon as authorized by Archbishop Zollitsch “Mary, my Mother, let me go with you!” The pilgrims who went to Rome for the centenary celebrations of Schoenstatt’s foundation gladly recall the meeting with Pope Francis onRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa •   A Christian does not have the right to be an orphan…we have a Mother. For me, this is probably the most powerful sentence of the entire message that Pope Francis shared with the Schoenstatt Family last year. We have a Mother Sometimes it is very easy to feel abandoned. When a company closes down and the workers are retrenched. A mother whose child has grown apart from the family circle and never comes home to visit. That same child who turned his or herRead More
Original Shrine, Sr. M. Ivone • A small group of Italians have made a pilgrimage from Rome to Schoenstatt. The majority of them crossed the threshold of the Original Shrine for the first time to experience the graces of this holy place. There were eight from Tuscany and eight from Rome. These have been three wonderful days filled with the joy of being able to feel and experience the presence of the Mother and Queen and the Father and Founder, and the appreciation of the delightful welcome and hospitality thatRead More
VATICAN, VIS/M. Fischer • Contemplation, service, fraternity – three aspects of priestly life that Pope Francis proposed to the participants in the general chapter of the Schoenstatt Fathers. The new Superior General, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio – whom the Holy Fathers knows personally and very well from Buenos Aires – along with the members of the General Chapter were received in audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis on Thursday 3 September. At the end of the meeting the Pope gave three recommendations to the Schoenstatt priests. “Firstly, accompany andRead More
By Juan Zaforas and Maria Fischer • I think the Christian family, the family, marriage has never been so attacked as it is now. Well then, there is nothing left to do than to do something. So then your question, what can we do? Yes, we can give good talks, declare principles, sometimes you have to do this, right? With clear ideas: Look, what you are proposing is not marriage, it is an association, but it is not marriage. Sometimes one has to say things clearly, and, of course, itRead More