Francis Tag

Pope Francis took part in the opening of the Milan 2015 Expo, which this year has as its theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life,” via a live television connection on Friday 1 May. He called on the participants to use this opportunity to promote the globalization of solidarity, especially toward the million “starving faces” of many brothers and sisters who suffer from this scourge. Full text of the Pope’s speech Dear brothers and sisters, good day! I am thankful for the opportunity to unity my voice with those ofRead More
by Álvaro Real, Aleteia.org, VIS • Pope Francis decided to send $100,000 in aid to Nepal to help those affected by the earthquake that hit the country in late April and has taken the life of more than 4,000 people. The aid, which will be sent to the local Church will be used to help those displaced and the victims of the earthquake, and is a practical expression of the Pope’s feeling of spiritual closeness and fatherly encouragement toward the people and places that have been affected, during Sunday’s ReginaRead More
Every part of the Church, and many others outside of her – believers or non-believers – have received Pope Francis` clear and hope-filled words. They are also words that motivate us to assume the responsibility we all have to build a world in accordance to the Will of God, in the strength of the Spirit and through the way of Christ. Cardinals and bishops, priests, men and women religious, novices and seminarians, families, the youth and elderly, communities and institutes have received this challenge to go out “onto the street”Read More
In his general audiences on the third and fourth Wednesdays in April in St. Peter’s Square in the middle of spring before several thousand Catholics and pilgrims from many countries, Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis to the differences and complementariness between men and women, upon which marriage and family is based, and supported by the grace of God. The family: male and female (1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today’s catechesis is dedicated to an aspect central to the theme of the family: the great gift that God gaveRead More
By Maria Fischer, from Buenos Aires • “I heartily thank you for the books, “Cultura del encuentro” [“Culture of encounter”] designed for this purpose. By doing this you are helping to take in Pope Francis’ message more profoundly,” wrote Archbishop Emeritus, Robert Zollitsch, from Freiburg, Germany in mid-March, after receiving some German edition copies. Auxiliary Bishop, Michael Gerber was also happy to be able to give a couple of copies. A few days later, on 25 March, in Encarnación: Bishop Francisco Javier Pistilli, a Schoenstatt Father, gladly received the copyRead More

Posted On 25.04.2015In Something to think about

Encounter

ARGENTINA, Fr. Guillermo Carmona, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement/Argentina • Dear brothers and sisters in the Covenant of Love, The motto for the year invites us “to go out to the encounter.” A first assumption to achieve it is to cultivate closeness. We will talk about this in this Covenant of Love letter. Nobody goes out to the encounter without not first getting “close” to others. 1. The source which nourishes our closeness is the experience of Mary who is always close. She goes out in seach for usRead More
Today Martín Pereira, from Asunción, Paraguay, a missionary of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, Family Federation answered • What is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the church and in the world, and in our mission? I see a Movement that is closer to the people, a pilgrim movement that departs from the Shrine to the places of greatest need, I see a new life that begins among ourselves, with Schoenstatters, who are joyful and strengthened by the Covenant of Love with Mary,Read More
By Marité and Ramón Marini, Paraguay, Leaders of the Schoenstatt International Family Federation • We wanted to write this brief account to share of how the Holy Father generates positive attitudes in people with his simple testimony of daily life. Sometime ago we read that when Pope Francis was a bishop in Argentina, he had the habit of collecting the rubber bands that the person who brought the newspapers used; he would make a ball to leave for him close to the door. Each month as he paid him, heRead More
By Jorge José Armas, Generación Francisco – for schoenstatt.org • The attendance of the State Secretary of the Holy See, Pietro Parolin, at the 7th Summit of the Americas was one of the most significant events of the hemisphere’s politics in recent times. Not only did he attend but he was also the first speaker immediately after the inaugural speeches, where he read the message by Pope Francis to the presidents of the continent. Francis, in his message, made a strong call “to generate a new order of peace andRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME (VIS). After having looked at the different figures of family life – mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings – the Holy Father concluded this first set of catechesis on the family by speaking about children. On 18 March, he spoke about how children are a great gift for humanity and in the coming week, he will focus on the wounds of childhood. The family: Children Complete text of the Holy Father’s catechesis Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After having examined the different figures of family life – mother,Read More