Francis Tag

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
PRAYING IN SOLIDARITY WITH POPE FRANCIS • As he often does after the Angelus, Pope Francis on Sunday, 28 January urged the Church to unite in prayer, this time especially for the victims of the recent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Yesterday from Afghanistan arrived the painful news of the terrible terrorist massacre carried out in the capital Kabul, with almost a hundred dead and numerous wounded. A few days ago another serious attack, still in Kabul, had sowed terror and death in a large hotel. How long will the AfghanRead More
FRANCIS IN CHILE, by Sophie Berthet E. • “Faith is lived in community.” This is one of the expressions that has most marked my life because I have always thought of myself as being very sociable and because I believe that it is very true. I won’t share the reasons here because that is not what this article is about, but I hope that through this account, you’ll see what I mean. I worked as a volunteer for the Pope’s visit. I love to sing. I belonged to the MisiónRead More
FRANCIS IN THE ANGELUS, schoenstatt.org editorial team • In a recent Sunday homily, the preacher (Fr. José Antonio Pagola, Spain) spoke about the “risk of settling down.” “Sooner or later, we all run the risk of becoming settled in life, seeking the comfortable refuge that allows us to live quietly, without any surprises or excessive worries, giving up all other aspirations. It is a time of searching for a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. A peaceful life in a happy atmosphere. Making the home a favourite refuge, a place to readRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ ANGELUS, Maria Fischer • Life could be so easy if everything was black and white, good and bad, true and untrue. But neither life nor human beings are like this. One of the central messages of Pope Francis’ papacy is what he said in his message before the Angelus on 23 July: Today, the Lord helps us to understand that good and evil cannot be identified with specific territories or particular human groups: ‘These are good, these are evil.” This reminds us of the story about Joseph Engling, whenRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INITIATIVES • At the end yesterday’s General Audience, Pope Francis called everyone to unite themselves to the “one minute for peace” initiative, which will take place on Thursday 8 June at 1300, Roman time, and said that it recalls the meeting in the Vatican Gardens with then Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on 8 June 2014. “Tomorrow at 1300, several countries will renew the initiative: “One minute for peace.” This is a short moment of prayer on the anniversary of my meeting with deceasedRead More
Interview of Fr. Alfredo Pereira, Schoenstatt Father from Paraguay • After working for several years in Italy, exactly in a Roman parish that was entrusted to the Schoenstatt Fathers, and in the university ministry, Fr. Alfredo “Pope” Pereira, Schoenstatt Father from Paraguay, returned to his country in March 2017. – How was your experience in the “Santi Patroni” Parish of Rome? I arrived at Santi Patroni Parish in November 2010 as a deacon. During those first months, I learned Italian and grew part of parish life in a gradual andRead More
FRANCIS – EASTER 2017 • During Easter Sunday Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis broke with tradition and gave a homily that reflected closely on the dramas at play in the world today: ” Let us think a little about our daily problems, the illnesses that each one of us or one of our family members have experienced,” Francis said, and then he asked: “What does the Church say to us today in the light of so many tragedies? Simply this: the stone that was rejected is notRead More
PRAYING WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY • Last week it was Peru. Now it’s Colombia.  According to the authorities, at least 254 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in flooding and mudslides caused by strong rains in Mocoa, the capital of Colombia’s Putumayo Province in the south east of the country. Some 400 people are also thought to be missing.  Our Holy Father is on a pastoral visit to the Italian diocese of Carpi which was affected by an earthquake in May 2012.  He cameRead More