Pope Francis Tag

NICARAGUA/COSTA RICA, Gonzalo Vega with Maria Fischer • The situation in Nicaragua escalates, day by day. Fr. José Luis Correa has written to Schoenstatters, before the first Nicaraguans seal the Covenant of Love, to give them encouragement and courage in this situation.— For several years, the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign has been present in Nicaragua. In April 2016, Fr. José Luis Correa and two couples from Costa Rica, Ronald and Giovanna Sauter and Gonzalo and Ileana Vega, were in Nicaragua for the first time. From this visit, and the continuous supportRead More
By Maria Fischer • “They look like illegal migrants,” seems to say the border official at one of these borders crowded by hundreds of migrants and refugees, who, according to public opinion and even some emerging political parties choose “our country first,” threaten the culture, well-being and security of leading countries. Someone like the person who is approaching this border from the other side: a man in shabby clothes, a woman who looks far too young to already have a child and who now presents her baby who is justRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • Never far from the daily events, on 14 July Pope Francis used his Twitter account to send “send my cordial greetings to all those following the World Soccer Championships that begin today in Russia. I hope this sports event may be a positive opportunity for encounter and fellowship.” While the world’s interest turns to the World Cup, Pope Francis on 17 June once again used the Angelus prayer to call for a globalization of solidarity with nations and people who areRead More

Posted On 06.06.2018In Covenant Life

Stop or wreck

Maria Fischer • I remember traveling from Tupãrenda to Asunción last year, admiring my chauffer for driving in that crazy traffic and during a torrential downpour, which transformed the streets into rivers. He stopped at an intersection, and at that moment, I saw the gigantic poster with a message that was as clear and strong: Stop or have a wreck. — I remembered it while I was speaking with a group of executives a couple of days ago about how to conquer or re-conquer that fire in the heart, theRead More
PARAGUAY, Marguerite Beckers • Sunday, 29 April 2018 was a very special day for the Ministry of Hope in the Diocese of Encarnación. Rosaries were collected from the diocese’s different communities and given to artist Koki Ruiz, for a mosaic being made for, a future blessed Paraguayan, who is very popular. —   In the midst of nature and the peaceful atmosphere of his Tañarandy workshop in Paraguay, artist Koki Ruiz, selects rosaries by color that the faithful have donated to give life to a new work. Pope Francis sentRead More
Pentecost 2018, Pope Francis • On the solemn celebration of Pentecost, Pope Francis, accompanied by the cardinals, bishops, and priests of the Roman Curia celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. With the echoes of the announcement of the upcoming canonisation in Rome of Paul VI and Oscar Romero. Francis spoke of the Holy Spirit as the divine force that changes the world, beginning with hearts. The Holy Spirit that takes us, our communities, and the whole church out of its comfort zone, from “peace and quiet” and sends us toRead More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD • Pope Francis delivered a video message for the International Marian Vigil with young people that took place at the St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows in Teramo, Italy, in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops on Youth, urging them to not be silent and to teach the adults about dialogue and concord. He spoke about the digital revolution, Mary, and the mission that youth have. — Text of the video message Dear friends, I am happy to take part in the International MarianRead More
PARAGUAY, Pedro Cáceres • During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis exhorted us to visit those in prison as one of the corporal works of mercy. One day, during a parish activity in front a lot of people, I expressed that it would be very hard to carry out this work of mercy, since I did not know whom to visit, or with whom I would go. During a conversation with Fr. Pedro in the middle of 2016, he invited me to accompany the Prison Ministry some Saturday. During thatRead More
POPE FRANCIS – GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE • Are you among those who are just not satisfied with a mediocre existence? This is the start of a catchy video, that was professionally produced to introduce a new Apostolic Exhortation. This is something completely new. “The Vatican went all out with this truly attractive video,” commented José Argüello from Paraguay, who will this coming weekend speak at a retreat about Pope Francis’ most recent invitation to the whole Church. “The ‘constructive criticism’ of the youth in the pre-synod document must have served themRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS • After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father made an appeal for Syria, after an alleged chemical attack took place in the town of Duma.— “There is terrible news from Syria, the bombing of dozens of victims of which many of them were women and children. News of so many people affected by chemical substances contained within the bombs. We pray for all the dead, for the wounded, for the families who suffer. There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing canRead More