Pope Francis Tag

SPAIN, edited with material from the archdiocese of Madrid and www.behakuna.com Last October 12th at the Vatican, Pope Francis received a gift:  the last project of Hakuna— a youth-led Movement within the Catholic Church born at 2013 World Youth Day in Brazil that has spread throughout all of Spain, accompanied by people from Opus Dei – called Hakuna Nativity Caravans: a project where Hakuna committed to accompanying refugees and immigrants during the Christmas season.— Hakuna Nativity Caravans has no other goal than accompanying those most in need.  As Pope FrancisRead More
IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCIS, editorial team • In his address to the Roman Curia on 21 December, Pope Francis emphasized the Church’s commitment to eradicating all abuse against minors. He gave “heartfelt thanks to those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims’ voices heard.” They are the “new Nathans” who show David the gravity of his sin, new Nathans, new prophets, that the Church needs more than ever today.— Instead of commenting on the comments that we haveRead More
POPE FRANCIS – CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2018 • Sitting around the table at the jewellery workshop of the Brothers of Mary in Schoenstatt in the afternoon on Christmas Day, a Paraguyan, a German who lived in Chile for nearly 25 years, an English woman who was born in India, and a half-Latina German woman, we spoke about how to translate “fraternity.” Or rather, we were talking about Pope Francis’ message and about inculturation, internationality, internationalization (of the Schoenstatt communities, the place of origin) and the international mission of schoenstatt.org and itsRead More
VATICAN, Veronica Giacometti/Walter Sánchez Silva vía ACIprensa • The Santa Marta Pediatric Clinic, which cares for children from different parts of the world daily, organized a celebration in anticipation of the Pope’s 82nd birthday held at the Vatican in the St. Paul VI Hall.— The Holy Father’s birthday was Monday, December 17th, Sunday, he shared an hour with 150 children, who attend the free clinic, along with their parents, families, doctors, and volunteers who help there. Sr. Antonietta Colacchi of the Daughters of Charity leads them. Francis arrived at the St.Read More
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POPE FRANCIS – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR • On the second World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis called for us to listen to the “cry of those who live in troubled waters”. At the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, he admonished the Church and the faithful for not paying more attention to the “momentary storms”, but to “invite Jesus on board” and like him, give our hands to the poor. — And not only out of a sense of social responsibility (this too), but a theological need: anRead More
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