Francis Tag

SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • It was November of 2014, shortly after the Schoenstatt Movement celebrated its Jubilee, when a group of Schoenstatters from Spain decided to seal a Covenant with Pope Francis, a Covenant we had been preparing for months. — Some were able to travel to Rome in October 2014, and read the prayer we had prepared at St. Peter’s.  Afterwards on November 1st of that same year, we celebrated the Covenant with the Pope at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Madrid.  Altogether we wrote a letter to Francis explainingRead 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
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
WE PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • In his greetings after the Angelus (June 3, 2018), Pope Francis joined the Nicaraguan Bishops, expressing his sorrow for “for the grave violence, with deaths and injuries, carried out by armed groups to repress social protests.” Let us pray and contribute to the Capital of Grace, in covenant solidarity with Pope Francis and the people of Nicaragua, where the Pilgrim MTA is present. Pope Francis said that he “joins the bishops of Nicaragua” and expressed his pain over “the grave violence, withRead More
POPE FRANCIS, by AICA. • The Church celebrated the Feast of St. George, and Pope Francis wanted to celebrate his birthday by sharing the sweetness of gelato to refresh the palate of Rome’s homeless population who rarely, if ever, dream of indulging in tasting gelato in the midst of spring or at any time of the year. — That was why, on Monday, 23 April, the Apostolic Almoner, the entity that distributes the Pope’s charity distributed 3,000 gelatos to Rome’s poor. For those who are welcomed daily in the diningRead More
UNIVERSAL CHURCH, editorial team• An unexpected surprise was published on Saturday, 3 March: In a Decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican established that the memorial of the Virgin Mary as “Mother of the Church” will be celebrated every year on the Monday following the Feast of Pentecost. In countries like Argentina and Poland, this feast day is already included in the calendar “approved according to the norm of particular law, in the future it may continue to be celebrated in the same way.”—   The decree beginsRead More
WORLD YOUTH DAY • The 33rd World Youth Day 2018 will be celebrated throughout the world on Palm Sunday, 25 March, and to mark the occasion, Pope Francis sent a message to the youth in preparation for the international meeting of youth, which will take place in Panama 2019. — “Dear young people, the Lord, the Church, the world are waiting for your answer to the unique call that each one receives in this life!  As World Youth Day in Panama draws closer, I invite you to prepare yourselves forRead More
MISIÓN ROMA, Ricardo Villalba • Three days from finishing an incredible year spent with ““Misión Roma”, Ricardo, “Riky,” Villalba received the gift he had waited for during 12 months: during the Angelus, in front of everyone in St. Peter’s Square, he held the tablet and helped the Pope “click” his registration, thus inaugurating World Youth Day registration, WYD Panama 2019. Being at the Holy Father’s side and then being able to greet him, he relates that experience. — My name is Ricardo Villalba, I am 22 years old, and I haveRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD, Maria Fischer and Claudia Echenique • If the Youth Synod had been convened by Pope Benedict XV in 1914, the youth of Schoenstatt’s founding generation and Fr. Kentenich would have participated with great enthusiasm and commitment. He believed in the dynamic and creative power of youth to jump start Schoenstatt’s development in the face of the challenges of the time. A century later, Pope Francis truly wants to listen to the youth because he desires a Church that has them in mind and that comes fromRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN PERU, Manuel Huapaya • Just over a week ago, our dear Pope Francis concluded his visit to Chile and Peru. They were intense days of hard work for the Bishop of Rome, who arrived on our shores desiring peace, unity and hope for our people (Chile: “my peace I give you”; Peru: “united in hope.”) His arrival in Peru was a desire that grew stronger and stronger. On Thursday 18 January, we followed him on television, celebrating his last mass on Chilean soil, in Iquique and leavingRead More