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VATICAN/COLOMBIA, Maria Fischer with material from AICA and ACIprensa • “The Holy Father once again condemns blind violence, which is a very grave offense to the Creator, and raises his prayer to the Lord to help persevere in the construction of harmony and peace in that country and throughout the world,” reads a telegram sent to the Archbishop of Bogotá, Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, expressing his deepest pain for the victims of an attack at a police cadet school in Colombia. – Pope Francis expressed his “deepest condolences to theRead More
WYD 2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • There were three, four Masses in the “Family of Hope” Shrine during these days prior to the International Gathering of Schoenstatt Youth on the way to WYD in Panama. Team Masses, usual family Masses, Masses of recently arrived delegations or of those who have already spent some time here – but this Mass at 5:30 am, on January 15th had something special, when the celebrant, Fr. Jorge Andrés of Federation Priests, placed the Cuban flag on the “Family of Hope Shrine” altar inRead More
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