Francis Tag

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 • 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
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/ 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