peace Tag

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
COLOMBIA, Carlos Aranguren • On September 6 at 4:30 pm, Pope Francis will arrive in Colombia to begin a 4-day agenda of visits that include the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena. The Schoenstatt Youth from Bogotá will go with Sr. Amparo, their flags and t-shirts to Bolívar Square, where Francis will give a blessing from the Archbishop’s Palace, and then they will participate in the Eucharist that the Pope will celebrate in Simón Bolívar Park. There they will join a large group of the adult Branches also wearingRead More
COLOMBIA, Aica • This past Wednesday [3 August], the official hymn for Pope Francis visit to Colombia on 6-10 September was chosen. The winning song, called “Let us take the first step” (in keeping with the motto of the papal visit), was composed by Carlos Corvacho and performed by the United Catholic Musicians group, who competed with nine other finalists from around the country. More than 400 entries were received when the call was put out.  The jury consisted of singers Fanny Lu and Maía. The jury who elected it,Read More
BRASIL, Melissa Rossatti • Bags of cement, shovels, sand, bricks and many rosaries… Early in the morning, that was the scenario for those passing by the grounds of the future Schoenstatt Shrine in Caieiras, in Brazil’s state of Sao Paulo. During the last month, the Caieiras Schoenstatt Movement gathered every morning to offer the rosary as a family. The initiative was called “Heroic May” and the presence of the Family members at an early hour was guaranteed with loyalty and much prayer: 31 days of prayer and devotion in whichRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN JUNE • “May the Spirit grant peace to the whole world. May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this [Saturday] night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.” With these words, Pope Francis asked the universal Church to unite their prayers for peace and for the victims of the attacks in London on the eve of Pentecost. Another #prayforLondon hashtag? As we remember Manchester, Paris, and Berlin, we run theRead 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
Maria Fischer • After almost two months, on a sunny afternoon in the month of May, I finally returned to physically go on pilgrimage to the Original Shrine.  I did not go alone, although at that moment no other pilgrim was seen approaching that chapel where more than 100 years ago, a young priest and a handful of teens went out to renew the world. In my purse, I carried approximately 1,000 letters to the Blessed Mother sent over the last two months via that button “Letters to the BlessedRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ INTENTIONS FOR CURRENT NEEDS • On Sunday 7 May, Pope Francis asked thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Rosary for peace during the month of May. After praying the Regina Coeli for the first Sunday of May, Pope Francis said: “In this month of May we pray the Rosary particularly for peace. Please, let us pray the Rosary for peace, as asked by the Virgin of Fatima where, in a few days, I will be making a pilgrimage for the occasion of theRead More
VATICAN/FATIMA, via AICA, with editing • “On Monday, the Holy See Press Office presented the logo and motto for Pope Francis’ visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on 12-13 May, on the occasion of the centennial of Mary’s first apparitions to the three shepherds. The logo represents a rosary that forms a heart and the motto is “With Mary, pilgrim in hope and in peace.” During a conference held in Portugal, Fr. Carlos Cabecinhas, the rector of the Marian Shrine, explained that the Pope willRead More
CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM FR. JUAN PABLO CATOGGIO TO HIS BROTHERS AND FRIENDS • We share Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio’s letter with great joy, demonstrating the gift and the task of the internationality and inter-cultural nature of our Schoenstatt, with the backdrop of Christmas as an event of a God on the way. Dear brothers and friends, Two experiences marked this year and both are very united to the mystery of Christmas: the Jubilee of Mercy and the international reality I experienced on many trips. 1 Pope Francis does not tireRead More