peace Tag

BURUNDI, Chiara Santomiero/Aleteia Team • “During the night, the police arrived arresting people, and the next day it was known that they were dead. We found cadavers in the streets. There is now total insecurity.” This is told to Aleteia by a source from the Church in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. The person asks for anonymity for security reasons. They also took some Salesian religious, but fortunately, they were freed the next day. “Fear overcomes everyone – continues the source – thousands of persons have gone to other partsRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • After meeting the leaders of the Central African Republic (CAR), Pope Francis visited a refugee camp, administered the sacrament of reconciliation to a gathering of young people and celebrated two masses. Thousands came to see Francis despite a security lockdown Despite the fears of security, people turned out in large numbers to meet with Pope Francis. Journal de Bangui described the atmosphere as follows: “Despite the security threats and the fear that is now a part of their daily lives, the CentralRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis’s message in the Central African Republic (CAR) was a call to peace and encouragement for the people of this war torn country to find healing and reconciliation. This leg of the Pope Francis’ trip was possibly the most dangerous. In a country reeling from various waves of violence between the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels and the predominately Christian anti-balaka vigilante groups, there were real fears that Pope Francis could be targeted. To protect him, UN troops, 900 members of a FrenchRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis landed in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25 November on the first leg of his trip to Africa, a pastoral visit that will also include Uganda and the Central African Republic. Shortly after arriving in Nairobi, Pope Francis met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other political leaders. Kenyatta: “I ask for your prayers” The Kenyan president, who is himself a Catholic, began by asking the pontiff to pray for him in his aim to fight corruption within his own government. KenyanRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS • Francis today (9 October) urged the Synod participants gathered in the Vatican to pray for reconciliation and peace in the Middle East and also in Africa, and called on the international community to help resolve the conflicts in the region. “In resuming this morning the work of the General Congregation, I invite you to dedicate the prayer of the Third Hour to the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East. We are painfully struck and we follow with great concern what is happening inRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS, homily by Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa • “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor. 13:11) We begin this Synod with great joy. It is a journey that began two years ago and it is a great pleasure to meet again as brothers, as we have just heard. Brothers, who come from the four corners of the world summonedRead More
Schoenstatt, Fr Franz Widmaier/Maria Fischer • “I could never have dreamed it possible …” Fr Franz Widmaier exclaimed as his dream came true on Sunday near the Original Shrine. On 22 and 23 August an international Festival with live music, an international market, typical food specialties and a concert of world music took place at the Pilgrims’ House in Schoenstatt. … The aim of the festival is to bring together the whole variety of different nations. There is a colourful programme of art and culture, live music and culinary offers”,Read More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona, National Director of the Movement in Argentina • Let us go out to the encounter to build peace. Peace is a primary need of man and of Argentina at the present. Christians – also Schoenstatters – go out to the encounter to be builders of peace. We make a Covenant with Mary, like our Founder did, and we crown Her Queen of the Universe: “For your holy heart is the world’s harbor of peace, the sign of election and gateway to heaven.” (Heavenwards, American Edition, p. 141)Read More