mercy Tag

SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE FAMILY, editorial team• A Church in covenant, a Church in dialogue, a Church listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit through the voices of the Synod participants and the holy people of God, in the voices of the times, in the voices of holy families, happy families, families who are evangelising by their lives, hurting families, suffering families, broken families, families under attack. In his conference at the first General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis returned to last year’s themes:Read More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “I want to be very clear. There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever for lack of housing. There are many unjust situations, but we know that God is suffering with us, experiencing them at our side. He does not abandon us,” Pope Francis said in his encounter with homeless people in Washington. “Jesus not only wanted to show solidarity with every person. He not only wanted every person to experience his companionship, his help, his love. He identified with allRead More
VIS/ editorial team• “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” is the theme the Holy Father has chosen for the Message of the 31st World Youth Day that will take place in July 2016 in Krakow, Poland; the text of which can be found below. Once again, Pope Francis is very practical: he calls on the youth to make an act of mercy each month during the Jubilee of Mercy. “I would suggest that for the first seven months of 2016 you choose a corporal and aRead More
FRANCIS IN CUBA – MISSIONARY OF MERCY • Pope Francis recalled that the soul of Cuba, which “neither disgrace nor poverty were ever able to crush the faith” and challenged the people of Cuba to “live the revolution of tenderness like Mary,” during the Mass he celebrated at the Shrine to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre is the Patroness of Cuba and is considered by believers and non-believers as a “symbol of what it is to be Cuban.” According to theRead More
FRANCIS IN CUBA – MISSIONARY OF MERCY • In Holguín, the easternmost part of Cuba, Pope Francis celebrated the second large mass of his apostolic visit to the island, at Plaza de la Revolución. Holguín – the third largest city in Cuba and which has never had a papal visit – received the Pontiff with great enthusiasm. Pope Francis’ homily at the mass celebrated at Plaza de la Revolución in Holguín (21 September 2015) We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew. We are celebrating theRead More
FRANCIS IN CUBA – MISSIONARY OF MERCY • On the second day of his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis improvised an address to the bishops and the religious, calling for “poverty and mercy.” Taking up the theme of the sermon in the Mass, from disinterested service instead of service of the other and also of one’s own misery, he emphasized the service that many missionaries had carried out in the Caribbean island. He thanked them for this service, particularly toward the little ones, the neediest. “There are pastoral services whichRead More
ITALY, Belmonte, Rome, María Fischer • “It is not ‘Belmonte’, it is ‘Bellissimo Monte'”, Fr. João José from Angola said smiling. He learned about Schoenstatt when he studied German at the Kreuzberg Institute in Bonn and when he returned to Rome – where he studied Church history at the request of his bishop – he contacted Belmonte to offer his priestly service and become more attached with Schoenstatt in Rome. On September 6, he participated in the national encounter of the Schoenstatt Movement in Italy at Belmonte. Like every year,Read More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Mt 10,29f.) If, in the middle of planning a project concerned with mediating God’s mercy to people, a Holy Year of Mercy is proclaimed, a whole new dimension enters into the preparations. … “The Church feels the urgent need to proclaimRead More
VATICAN, VIS/M. Fischer • Contemplation, service, fraternity – three aspects of priestly life that Pope Francis proposed to the participants in the general chapter of the Schoenstatt Fathers. The new Superior General, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio – whom the Holy Fathers knows personally and very well from Buenos Aires – along with the members of the General Chapter were received in audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis on Thursday 3 September. At the end of the meeting the Pope gave three recommendations to the Schoenstatt priests. “Firstly, accompany andRead More
Today, Fr. Esteban Casquero answers: He belongs to the Schoenstatt Secular Institute of Priests. He carries out his pastoral work in the southern zone of the Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina (Coronel Dorrego and Monte Hermoso with its adjacent towns). He has belonged to Schoenstatt since his youth; he was a member of the Boys’ Youth. From there, he began his Covenant Road in the heart of the Shrine of the New Shores in Mar del Plata. “I have lived beautiful times in the Schoenstatt life and that ofRead More