Papa Francisco Tag

POPE FRANCIS • The Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See on 30 December published a video with the most distinctive images of Pope Francis’ activities for the year that had just ended. Video Which message of Pope Francis touched me the most in 2016? What gesture moved me the most? Original: Spanish. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa  Read More
100 HOUSES, Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • We are advancing…on the road towards Christmas We, a searching people, a people of waiting, a people of hope… We are advancing…on the road toward Christmas Guided by a star, a star of peace and of solidarity… We are advancing …on the road toward Christmas A single desire guides our steps: to find a child, to find the smile of a child, to find the humanity of a child… We are advancing …on the road toward Christmas Hands extending toward others, theRead More
Germany, Mons. Peter Wolf • On 6 December, Germany’s “friends of Belmonte” travelled overnight by bus, through St. Gotthard Pass towards Rome, and arrived at Belmonte in the morning.  Fr. Daniel Lozano, the Belmonte rector, welcomed them and Fr. Georg Egle, in his homily, spoke about the Salve Regina and their pilgrimage to Rome, which this year would take them through different images of the Blessed Mother in the Eternal City.  After settling in at the TRAI NOI hotel, they visited St Peter’s Basilica, where they admired Michelangelo’s world-famous PietaRead More
Maria Fischer • Pope Francis’ joy was palpable as he spoke about World Youth Day during the first general audience after summer vacation: “Let us begin precisely with the young people, who were the primary reason for the Journey. Once again they have answered the call: they came from all over the world – some of them are even here! [indicating pilgrims in the Hall]. A celebration of colors, of different faces, of languages, of diverse histories. I don’t know how they do it: they speak different languages, but theyRead More
ROME – CUBA, Fr. Rolando Gibert Montes de Oca Valero • I was not aware there was a Marian Jubilee.  I found out about it from a friend’s invitation.  So I thought: the Church wants to give Blessed Mother a gift… but surely she will give us something better, and I began to ask myself what would be the richest gift that Blessed Mother would want to give us… In conjunction with the Jubilee, some friends from the Neo-catechumenal Way invited me to a “Catechetical Symphonic Celebration.”  It was aRead More
PARAGUAY, by Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “Do we have donations for one more house?” Ani Souberlich asked me several weeks ago. “I already asked for the material, it is for one of our families that I promised a roof, and with last week’s rain, they had some misfortune, and they are now practically living under a tree. I would like to help them now…and I want to build this house because it is cold. I will tell you more later!” Two or three days before, the first donationRead More
BELMONTE, by Maria Fischer • During Holy Week, there were several Schoenstatt pilgrims at Rome from: Costa Rica, Chile, and Paraguay.  Those who saw the transmission of the Holy Mass on Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square perhaps saw a Pilgrim Mother raised on high during Pope Francis’ tour. “It is the Pilgrim Mother for expectant mothers and those desiring pregnancy,” commented José Argüello, who belongs to the Rosary Campaign’s Youth Ministry in Paraguay. Many of the Schoenstatters, who were in Rome, also went on pilgrimage to the Belmonte Shrine,Read More
PARAGUAY, by María Fischer • “The private initiative of a member of our Family, in the context of the Jubilee Year – to build in the heart of Paraguay the basic infrastructures for homes which can continue being built by their beneficiaries – led us to the decision that the gift we can give to His Holiness through Covenant solidarity and with the support of friends and acquaintances, is to give 100 basic homes to 100 families who live in extreme poverty. They will be the living remembrance of ourRead More
PARAGUAY, 100 solidarity houses, by Ani Souberlich and Maria Fischer • “To see your faces, your children, your elderly, and to hear about your experiences and everything you went through to be here, to have a dignified life and a roof over your heads, to endure the bad weather and the flooding of these last few weeks… All this makes me think of the little family of Bethlehem. Your struggles have not taken away your laughter, your joy and your hope. Struggles which have not lessened your sense of solidarityRead More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer • We were almost leaving, bidding farewell once again to this young and a struggling mother, who can barely speak Spanish, but at least she understands our language better than we understand her Guaraní. We understood the pride and gratitude of her gestures when she showed us her garden, her plants, and above all her little house, which is very small but clean and painted a light turquoise. While her daughter, Luz, a timid little girl, with difficulty moving her hands and feet, simply smiled and lookedRead More