Pope Francis Tag

SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • It was November of 2014, shortly after the Schoenstatt Movement celebrated its Jubilee, when a group of Schoenstatters from Spain decided to seal a Covenant with Pope Francis, a Covenant we had been preparing for months. — Some were able to travel to Rome in October 2014, and read the prayer we had prepared at St. Peter’s.  Afterwards on November 1st of that same year, we celebrated the Covenant with the Pope at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Madrid.  Altogether we wrote a letter to Francis explainingRead More
WE PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team with material from AICA • Pope Francis, in the latest instalment of “The Pope Video” initiated a campaign to pray for the Church during the month of October and recalled the snares of the devil in daily life: “The Devil presents himself with great power, he brings you gifts. But you don’t know what’s inside.” — PrayForTheChurch Pope Francis renewed the invitation he made at the beginning of the month to pray the Rosary every day, concluding with the antiphon ‘We fly toRead More
BRIDGES INSTEAD OF WALLS, POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • It is a historic moment for the universal Church. It puts to an end the two Catholic churches in China that co-existed up until now: the official and the clandestine churches. In return, Beijing recognizes the Pope as the Church’s only head. Bridges instead of walls. Faith changes history. — Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the architect and advocate of the agreement, explained its substance in a video message. “And today, for the first time all the Bishops in ChinaRead More
YOUTH SYNOD, Maria Fischer • On the feast of Our Lady of aparecida on 12 October – also the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar – the Holy Father urged the Brazilian people to search for Our Lady “in the waters of their hearts, because she is Mother.” Lucas Galhardo, the impetus behind this greeting, said that the experience of this moment and the Synod as a whole, personally encourages him to pray more for the Holy Father. On 12 October at the Synod, Bishop Vilsom Basso, theRead More
SCHOENSTATT FATHERS • Declaration Today the Vatican has announced that the Holy Father Pope Francis has decreed the dismissal from the clerical state of Francisco José Cox, ex-archbishop of La Serena. Allegations of child abuse that have been denounced in recent months and weeks were the subject of relevant investigations in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and led to this decision. Likewise, they have expressly asked us that he should remain under the custody of our Community.— We receive this news with much shame for the damageRead More
YOUTH SYNOD 2018, Editorial team “Hope challenges us,” says Pope Francis, a few days after his powerful appeal to pray for the church, it “moves us and shatters that conformism which says, “it’s always been done like this” and asks them “to get up and look directly into the eyes of young people and see their situations.” This same hope asks us to make efforts to reverse situations of uncertainty, exclusion and violence, to which our young people are exposed. After months of preparations, the 15th Ordinary General Assembly ofRead More
We publish the letter that Fr. Juan Pablo  Catoggio on September 30, 2018, sent to the entire Schoenstatt Family and make ours his request to share it with our communities, communication channels etc.  — 29 de septiembre de 2018   Dear Schoenstatt Family, For some time, I have thought once and again that we should do something special to support the Pope during these difficult times in which he is aggressively openly questioned and criticized. The Church is strongly rocked and especially because of internal factors. In the final messageRead More
CHILE, Sandra Rolleri • A special retreat with migrants! Recently the Montahue Family gave a great gift to the Blessed Mother and our Fr. Kentenich, who we want not only to know more fully but also to emulate his charism with our whole being and through our actions. With this activity, we wanted to make Pope Francis’ call a reality as he has asked us to generate and strengthen the attachments to our migrant brothers and sisters, upon promoting a fraternal encounter of respect and solidarity.— Through contacts with theRead More
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DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • I read the news and was horrified. Not again. Boston in 2002. The mass resignation of the Chilean bishops earlier this year after they admitted to covering up cases of abuse. The many reports of the years in Irish institutions, a possible case in a parish I once belonged to but we never found out if or how it was resolved, the story of a friend who didn’t know how to deal with the brokenness of her spouse who revealed to her after their marriageRead More
Letter by Pope Francis to the People of God, 20.08.2018 • On 31 May 2018, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the people of God in Chile, to this Church wounded by sexual abuse and the abuse of power. Like in Ireland, Germany, United States, Argentina….We know that as Schoenstatt, we are part of this Church, that there are Schoenstatters who abused and covered it up, and there are Schoenstatters who suffer with the pain of the victims and the entire people of God. Now, the Holy Father shared, withRead More