forgiveness Tag

CHILE, Francisco Javier Troncoso • Chile, recent news: CORFO (state owned company) is about to recover “the vase.” CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development Agency, where I used to work and where Mario Hiriart also worked in the 1940s, was the victim of a 85 million dollar scam in 2003. The theft was made possible because of a flaw in their management systems, which their control department had warned them about. Chilean President Ricardo Lagos tried to downplay the incident, saying: “they took a jar, we’ll recover the jar and caseRead More
DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, Editorial board (jz.pjmg.mf) • We ask for forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness for the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience and sexual abuse committed by the Church. We are the Church. A prayer for forgiveness spoken by Pope Francis during the penitential act at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families. Our hearts break when we hear this good shepherd asking for forgiveness, not just in general terms, but precisely where it hurts, concretely and painfully, mentioning each form of abuse by name. We askRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • At the end of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome, where the first Christians were martyred, Pope Francis turned to the people who were present and prayed a long and heartfelt prayer of reparation for the sins that humanity and the even the Church have committed against Jesus on the cross. Complete text of Pope Francis’ prayer: O Christ! Abandoned and betrayed even by your own and sold for next to nothing. O Christ! Judged by sinners, handed overRead More
SPAIN, Elena Martín Otín • It has already been ten years since the birth of Betania Spain. What began as a small reality for four separated women, under the protection of its founder María Luisa Erhardt, and Fr. Gabriel García Serrano, our counselor, today is huge reality for more than 200 women integrated into twelve groups. They are united by the common factor of their marriage break-ups. Many of them are in the process of an ecclesial annulment of marriage, or they have resolved this; others are divorced or inRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Continuing with his series of catechesis on mercy in Holy Scriptures, Pope Francis, hafter having reflected on God’s mercy in the Old Testament, began his reflections about how Jesus enacted mercy to the full. At a time of public indignation over the Panama Papers, Pope Francis tells us: “It is on the Cross that Jesus presents the sin of the world to the mercy of the Father: the sin of all people, my sins, your sins, everyone’s sins. There, on theRead More
FRANCIS AT ROME • Pope Francis washed the feet of twelve refugees:  three Muslims, a Hindu, three Christian Copts and five Catholics (four men and a woman) during the Lord’s Supper that he celebrated on Holy Thursday afternoon at the Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti  (or CARA) Reception Center for those seeking asylum.  The center is located in Castelnuovo di Porto on the outskirts of Rome, where there are 892 at the center of which 554 are Muslims, 337 are Christians and two are Hindus. Mass was celebrated on theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • The General Audience on 3 February, a week before the start of Lent and just before his visit to Mexico, Francis moved through St. Peter’s Square greeting the pilgrims accompanied by two children whom he invited to climb onto the popemobile. The Holy Father dedicated the General Audience to divine justice and perfect mercy, as well as forgiveness. “This is a difficult journey. It requires that those who have been wronged be ready to forgive and desire good and salvation forRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • In this catechesis at the general audience that Pope Francis held on the first Wednesday of November in St. Peter’s Square, attended by several thousand Catholics and pilgrims from numerous countries, the Holy Father referred to the family as a “training ground for mutual giving and forging,” without which there cannot be lasting love. Francis first of all recalled that the recent Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “reflected in depth on the vocation and the mission of the family in the life of the ChurchRead More