Pope Francis Tag

VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • They had met before, and at that time it also had to do with serving young prisoners. It was in July 2015 on the banks of the river at Asuncion when Fr Pedro stood on a podium with Pope Francis and a young prisoner from the Youth Prison in Itaugua. Now Pope Francis and Fr Pedro Kühlcke have met again in the Vatican at the close of the International Congress on “Integral Human Development and the Catholic Prison Pastorate” for regional and national leaders of theRead More
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • Gratitude, joy, amazement, emotion – the closing ceremony for Cristian, a youth who successfully completed the program of Casa Madre de Tupãrenda (CMT), was marked by great emotions. Emma N., who had hired him to work in the Morel supermarket, where he had completed his internship and then was then allowed to stay the same to work as a baker, was there with him. — In the presence of his loved ones and his godfather Don Pepi (José) Cosp, Cristian was thankful for the support heRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, schoenstatt.org editors with material from laityfamilylife.va • Twenty-six young people from different parts of the world have prepared video testimonies that were inspired by Christus Vivit ‒ Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation‒, and also by their experiences of faith. Through these short recordings, the young people invite their peers to discover the rich content of the document and to rediscover the presence of Christ in their lives. — The series of twenty-six videos is a work of collaboration between the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, theRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Pope Francis is visiting Southern Africa between 4 and 10 September. He began in Mozambique where he celebrated Mass at a packed Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo. He now travels on to Madagascar and Mauritius where he will meet with religious, civil leaders and the Christian faithful, especially the youth. — In his homily on Friday morning, 6 September at a large Mass in Maputo, Pope Francis said that love is the only way to lasting peace. He was speaking to a nationRead More
AMAZONIA, Maria Fischer • “In Bolivia we are suffering an unprecedented environmental tragedy. We need your prayers,” wrote Alexandra Kempf and Roberto Henestrosa, from Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Part of the Amazon rainforest, two-thirds of which is in Brazil, is currently being consumed by flames, but far more quickly than in the last six years. What initially began on Brazilian soil, has already reached the border regions with Peru and Bolivia. In the Santa Cruz area, where a new Schoenstatt Shrine will be blessed a few months from now,Read More
POPE FRANCIS, MASS WITH REFUGEES, María Fischer • In a St. Peter’s basilica filled with a spirit of solidarity for the 250 immigrants, rescuers and survivors of the Mediterranean cemetery, Pope Francis on 8 July – the anniversary of his historic visit to Lampedusa in 2013, the first planned trip of his pontificate – launched a renewed and powerful appeal to help those “symbols of all those rejected” people who migrate. “They are first of all human persons”, he said, in midst of the tension in Italy over confrontations betweenRead More
CHRIST IS ALIVE. The Pope’s letter to youth, editorial team • “Christ is alive. He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Thus begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit” (Christ is a live), signed by Pope Francis in Loreto, in the Marian shrine of the Holy House on 25 March, and published by the Vatican on 2 April.— The exhortation follows from theRead More
FRANCE, Editors of schoenstatt.org, with material from AICA • In the early hours of 7 May 2019, the Canadian philosopher and theologian, Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities that serve people with disabilities and their families, died at the age of 90. — On his flight to Macedonia Pope Francis was informed about the death of Jean Vanier and prayed for him and the entire L’Arche community. After meeting Jean Vanier in March 2014, the Pope described him as “a man who smiles and encounters others”. Active and enthusiasticRead More
POPE FRANCIS, editorial team • At the end of the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday, Pope Francis said a heartfelt prayer in which he asked the Lord to help us to see his cross in all of the world’s crosses. — It is an invitation into reality, into the concrete, to connect the news found in the newspapers with what is also experienced around the cross of Christ, to put names and images into each line of this prayer, which emerges from faith andRead More
POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer with material from ACIprensa • With prisoners once again. His favourites. The most forgotten and abandoned. During the afternoon of 18 April at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the foot-washing ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis urged the faithful to always be “brothers in service” as Jesus taught his apostles, and to put aside the ambition to dominate the other. As we meditate on the gesture and message of Pope Francis, we think of all the prison ministry projects within our SchoenstattRead More