peace Tag

CHRISTMAS WITH POPE FRANCIS• Before giving his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis proclaimed his Christmas message to thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and the whole world from the main balcony of the Vatican Basilica.  He traced his way around the world, recalling outbreaks of violence, terror, war, and pain – both those events that are well-known and those that have almost been overlooked. He gave assurances that “the power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of thisRead More
SPAIN, Pilar de Beas • On 19 May, José Antonio Alvaredo, a member of the Spanish Family Federation, died. He was the first one to depart to the eternal Schoenstatt. The Family Federation asked his wife for a testimony about his life and his commitment to Schoenstatt. Here it is. A few years ago, José Antonio wrote about our marriage, how we learned about Schoenstatt, and how we felt called by our Mother to fulfill a mission. He joined Schoenstatt at the age of 19, and he was in theRead More
FRANCIS EN ASSISI, María Fischer • It was a quick turnaround plea, as is usual in the digital era, where each item of news, each piece of information, each call is shared within seconds on social networks. Francis is a man of this era, even though his Church is still getting used to the change of time, rhythms and speed. During the Angelus on Sunday, 18 September, Francis called his Church to show solidarity with him and religious leaders around the world in Assisi by praying for peace on TuesdayRead More
Rome, Fr Rolando Montes • On Tuesday Schoenstatt is in Assisi. In covenant solidarity with Pope Francis. In view of Pope Francis’ urgent call to pray for peace this Tuesday, the Schoenstatt Family cannot remain inactive. While our Holy Father is in Assisi with many religious leaders to pray for peace in the world, we will build our own Assisi. Let us meet with friends for prayer, let us ask in our parishes whether there is a prayer for peace there, let us visit a shrine or have our meetingRead More
COVENANT SOLIDARITY by AICA and editors • In his words, after leading the Angelus on Sunday, the Holy Father reiterated his condemnation of the “deplorable acts of terrorism and violence” that have taken place in the last few days. Francis said he was “once again shaken by the sad news of the deplorable acts of terrorism and violence” in which “many innocent people lost their lives.” He expressed his closeness to the families of the victims and the injured, and invited them to unite themselves in his prayer, because thisRead More
ARGENTINA/SYRIA/IRAQ, by Cristina White • Sr. María Guadalupe, from Argentina and missionary of the Incarnate Word has carried out her apostolate in the city of Aleppo, Syria for five years. During the past few months, she has been in Argentina in different areas giving her testimony. It is very difficult to hear the heartbreaking reality of the war, from the protagonist role at the service of the sorrow, and the atrocities that she defines as genocide. To hear her provokes a tremendous inner quivering, and one cannot be indifferent toRead More
FRANCIS AT ROME • Pope Francis washed the feet of twelve refugees:  three Muslims, a Hindu, three Christian Copts and five Catholics (four men and a woman) during the Lord’s Supper that he celebrated on Holy Thursday afternoon at the Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti  (or CARA) Reception Center for those seeking asylum.  The center is located in Castelnuovo di Porto on the outskirts of Rome, where there are 892 at the center of which 554 are Muslims, 337 are Christians and two are Hindus. Mass was celebrated on theRead More
schoenstatt.org Editorial Staff • Every year, the Vatican publishes the Holy Father’s intentions for each month of the year: they reference the current challenges confronting humanity. They have always been disseminated in different ways: in parish bulletins, Catholic radio stations, and diocesan websites, in summary by every conceivable avenue. Or as they say, business as usual. This is how it has been until this year. On Wednesday, 6 January, the Epiphany of the Lord, the project, “the Pope Video§, was launched, in which the Holy Father explained his intentions forRead 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
FRANCIS IN ROME • In the first Angelus of 2016, the Pope extended an invitation to open “the doors of our heart to Christ” and warned against the “evil that lies in wait at our door and our hearts to enter.” In order to prevent it from entering, Francis invited the faithful to always carry a Gospel in their pockets and to read “a passage every day.” Complete text of the Angelus on 3 January 2016 Dear brothers and sisters, happy Sunday! The liturgy of today, the second Sunday afterRead More