Francis Tag

The value and importance of grandparents in the family was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis at last Wednesday's general audience in St. Peters Square. First of all, Pope Francis said that he identified with the elderly because he is the same age as them. "When I was in the Philippines," he said jokingly, "the Filipino people greeted me, saying: 'Lolo Kiko,' – that is, Grandfather Francis," and emphasized that even though society has a tendency of casting aside the elderly, God doesn't do this. On the contrary, he callsRead More
VATICAN, Sr. M. Elizabet Parodi. I've just returned from St. Peter's Basilica. It was packed, as it always is when the Holy Father celebrates a liturgy. Today, two years since he started his pontificate, Pope Francis presided over a penitential liturgy. During the homily, in which he spoke about how God never tires of forgiving us, he announced that he had made a decision: with words that seemed to come from the depths of his heart he said that he was proclaiming a 'Holy Year of Mercy' which will beginRead More
org. How does Francis celebrate the anniversary of his election? By hearing confessions. On Friday 13 March, Pope Francis presided over a penitential celebrations in St. Peter's Basilica to begin the "24 hours for the Lord," promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. It is an invitation to the Church everywhere in the world and the motto this year is "God rich in mercy." In his Lenten Message for 2015 Pope Francis said: "Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! TheRead More
org. "Pope Francis looks ahead and calls for a Church that sets out, because “God’s word constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him ‘to go forth’” (EG20). Those who only look back and want to preserve it, will lose the future. That is why our Holy Father urges us “to move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry”." Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch from Freiburg, and Head of the German Bishops' Conference up until 2013, chose "Evangelii Gaudium" as the themeRead More
org. 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 theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME, aica. During the general audience on 4 March, Pope Francis continued with the catechesis dedicated to families, following the spiritual exercises of the Curia and the Holy Father outside the Vatican for Lent.  The Pope dedicated his catechesis to the family and called for great care for elderly people in need, who live alone, are ill or depend on others.  He also asked newlyweds to renew their marriage vows every day.  "The 13th of March will mark two years since Pope Francis ascended the papal throne," commentedRead More
LANDS OF AMERICA/ALETEIA.org. I met up with Buenos Aires’ Archbishop, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in Fall 2005 in Rome. When I phoned to ask him for an interview, he responded with affability, but also firmly, “I would prefer to avoid an interview, although we also can meet to talk.”Read More
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas. Dear readers of Schoenstatt.org, allow me to share a beautiful story with you that took place last weekend in a small place near Madrid (Spain).        Read More
SPAIN, Jesús Colina. Once again, Pope Francis has been selected “Man of the Year” by the media in 2014. In the second year of his pontificate, the recognition has been made by the Spanish Daily Newspaper ABC. “Throughout 2014, his figure has grown to the point of being profiled as a ‘Pope of the world’ and not only for Catholics, and in a much more brief time span than John Paul II,” explains ABC upon giving the reasons for his selection (CF. “Pope Francis, man of the Year”).Read More