Holy Year of Mercy Tag

By María Fischer • On Saturday 16 April, Pope Francis returned from his 13th international apostolic visit, this time to the Greek island of Lesbos. As is customary, before ending each of these trips and returning to the Vatican, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to give thanks to the Blessed Mother, the Salus Populi Romani, for her protection during the trip. Before going to Lesbos on Friday, he also went to the Basilica to pray for this brief and very important journey. The PopeRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “There is no saint without a past nor a sinner without a future” said Pope Francis in his catechesis during the Wednesday General Audience on 13 April. “The Church is not a community of perfect people, but of disciples on a journey, who follow the Lord because they know they are sinners and in need of his pardon. Thus, Christian life is a school of humility which opens us to grace.” With this, the Pope remarked that “yet, this is preciselyRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Continuing with his series of catechesis on mercy in Holy Scriptures, Pope Francis, hafter having reflected on God’s mercy in the Old Testament, began his reflections about how Jesus enacted mercy to the full. At a time of public indignation over the Panama Papers, Pope Francis tells us: “It is on the Cross that Jesus presents the sin of the world to the mercy of the Father: the sin of all people, my sins, your sins, everyone’s sins. There, on theRead More
From Archbishop em. Robert Zollitsch DD, Freiburg, for schoenstatt.org – a contribution to the series: What does the Holy Year of Mercy mean? • On 13 March 2013 Francis was elected Pope. On Sunday 17 March he prayed the Sunday Angelus on St Peter’s Square for the first time. On that occasion he told the people, “In these days I read a book by a good theologian, a really good theologian, Cardinal Walter Kasper. The book did me so much good, so much good. Cardinal Kasper said that everything changesRead More

Posted On 28.02.2016In Francis - Message

Mercy and power

FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • A topic that is both daring and current: mercy and power. “May all forms of power be service, justice and mercy, like Jesus,” said the Pope. May all forms of power in the state in the world of work, in the Church, in movements, in communication be service, justice and mercy. A challenge. What Francis suggests, questions the reality of many countries, parts of the Church, places of work, so many areas. Today, on the Lenten journey in the Holy YearRead More
URUGUAY, by Maria del Rosario de Armas • Uruguay’s Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign is happy! Yes. It is happy because it has journeyed through Uruguay for thirty years beginning on 13 May 1985, at Punta del Este, department of Maldonado, one of the most beautiful places in Uruguay. Yes. And it is happy, because the Blessed Mother wanted to establish herself in Punta del Este. This is where she began to go out. She wanted to stay in one of the churches most attached to its parishioners, Our Lady of Candelaria.ThisRead More
Today Werner Maria Philipps answers – a widower, father of three children, solicitor and notary public, living in Gelsenkirchen-Buer, Germany, member of the 16th course of the Schoenstatt Family Federation in Germany. My parents were also members of the Family Federation. When I was reading law in Munster in 1968 I was the leader of the Student Movement in Schoenstatt and led many international student pilgrimages to Schoenstatt. In this hectic period of social change I experienced that Fr Joseph Kentenich had become my spiritual Father. In him I foundRead More
MEXICO, by Ignacio Romero • Last December, as an important part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archbishop of Monterrey, Rogelio Cabrera López, authorized that indulgences could be received at María Camino al Cielo [Mary Way to Heaven] Shrine for this Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy. The door to mercy On Sunday, 24 January, the ceremony for the opening of the Shrine’s Holy Door was held during the 11:00 a.m. Mass, in the midst of truly spring-like weather, under a brilliant sun and pleasant fresh air. Fr. Jorge ÁvilaRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY• We don’t know how many of the rectors and workers of the Schoenstatt shrine ministry attended and heard Pope Francis speak about welcoming the pilgrim: “It is important for pilgrims who cross the threshold of the shrine to feel treated more as family members than guests. They must feel at home, awaited, loved and looked upon with eyes of mercy.” This is one of the messages that Pope Francis gave to more than 3,000 participants of the Jubilee for Shrines and Pilgrimages,Read More
FRANCIS IN ROME – CHRISTMAS IN THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY• “Where God is born, peace is born. And where peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war.” Merry Christmas to Rome and the whole world. As is tradition, Pope Francis gave his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from the main balcony of the gallery above St. Peter’s Basilica to several thousand Catholics. In the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis called for peace among the Israelis and Palestinians, condemned “brutal acts of terrorism” by the IslamicRead More