Papa Francisco Tag

PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • “At the end of the month, the first three young men graduated, who, upon their release, voluntarily enrolled in the re-integration program that the Ministry of Justice offers in covenant with the Foundation to Promote Values and the Prevention of Violence (Fundaprova -Spanish Acronym)”. This is how a long article about the first graduates of the Mother of Tupãrenda House begins in La Nación newspaper. “The program of re-integration for youths, who have had some conflict with the law in the past, can accommodate up toRead More
VATICAN/BRAZIL/SCHOENSTATT.org, Maria Fischer • Schoenstatt in its second century must be a Schoenstatt that is at the service of the Church and of our brothers on the existential peripheries of the world. Disinterested service. In other words, a kind of “Schoenstatt inside” service that does not seek recognition but wants to share its treasures with everyone. Who looks at a nativity set and speaks about the merit of the Franciscans? Similarly, who will one day speak about Schoenstatt while living out covenant culture in the business world, in politics, inRead More
ITALY, Emanuela Turani • For the boys of the “After Confirmation” group from Saints Patrons of Italy Parish and for the members of the Schoenstatt Youth, it was an extraordinary Palm Sunday. To tell us about it is Emanuela, 17, who personally took part in the organization of the day. Speaking to the faithful in his Lenten message, Pope Francis was perhaps implicitly pushing us all to act, during a period of reflection and meditation, yes, but also to bear witness to our faith, a faith that, following the exampleRead More
By Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “Thirty more stars were blessed on Friday, 12 May for the carpet of stars located at the north entrance of the Cologne Cathedral. The twenty-five small and the five large stars were donated this spring,” this was Cologne’s Domradio radio message. Among them, there was also a star from 1. FC Köln soccer team, the ‘Kölner Dom’ cultural foundation related. With the star of 1. FC Köln, two of Cologne’s passions grow closer: the cathedral and soccer,” commented Fr. Gerd Bachner, Provost ofRead More
EASTER OF THE RESURRECTION • “Let us go back to proclaim, to share, to reveal that it is true: the Lord is alive!” With these words, Pope Francis urged those who attended the Easter Vigil not to remain closed in the tomb, but to resurrect like Jesus, and he warned that if we are not able to do this, we “are not Christians.” He encouraged everyone to be “driven to keep walking and not resign ourselves to the fact that things have to end this way.” This is the EasterRead More
FRANCIS on the periphery, by Maria Fischer with content from Vatican Radio and Aleteia • The washing of feet on Holy Thursday, calling to mind Jesus, reminds us that “God loves us to the ends of the earth” despite our sinfulness. Pope Francis reminded us of this during the Mass of the Last Supper, which he celebrated at Paliano prison. It is Italy’s only prison for “collaborators of justice”, former mafia members who turn state witness to testify against their former associates and require protection.  In 2013, a few daysRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich and Maria Fischer • 12 February was the first anniversary of the blessing of Mother of Tupãrendá House’s (CMT) cornerstone, a center for the social re-insertion of teens, who have had a run-in with the law in Paraguay. The house was built in just six months, and the doors were immediately opened to welcome the participants; currently there are nineteen. Six months have passed where day to day we can witness the “small, great miracles” in the lives of each one of them, six months of importantRead More
BELMONTE ROME, Maria Fischer  • The “Shrine of all of us,” Belmonte Rome’s Shrine, is adorned for Lent – like all the world’s shrines. There are a few purple flowers… Holy Lent has begun that will lead us with our Lord to experience the sorrow and glory of the greatest love of him who gave his life for his friends, in extreme solidarity. “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians areRead More
COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer with Gonzalo Vega • Voices of the soul. A constitutive element in discovering God’s will in the personal life of Schoenstatters and all Schoenstatt. Voices of the soul and their repercussions on other souls, especially in souls attuned to the same mission.  Discernment in Kentenich terms. On the occasion of his silver anniversary of ordination, Fr. Kentenich stressed that nothing in Schoenstatt had emerged in a theoretical manner, but instead through hundreds of individual contributions, from the best each person had interiorly… Even more, I canRead More
PARAGUAY, José Argüello • A few hours after everything was over, someone found and shared a chapter of the book “Ella es mi mama”, [She is my Mother] Fr. Alexandre Awi’s great Pope Francis interview about his encounters with Mary. ”Santuarizar la cuidad” [Turn the city into a Shrine] is the title of the chapter, it is one of the greatly loved, “Bergoglisms” that verbalize an entire process of life, precisely with this touch of novelty and irritation that the Good News needs in these times of the inflated useRead More