Pope Francis Tag

By the editor • Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, presided over the ceremony for the beatification of San Salvador archbishop, Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero on Saturday 23 May before thousands of people. By beatifying him, Pope Francis proclaimed that his feast day will be celebrated on 24 March each year, the date that “he was born in heaven.” Pope Francis sent a letter to the archbishop of San Salvador and the president of the Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor José Luis Escobar Alas, on theRead More
Pentecost is the feast of the Church that goes out. At noon, from the window of the studio in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis recited the Marian prayer, the Regina Coeli, on the solemnity of Pentecost. Francis stated that this celebration makes us recall the beginnings of the Church, which we read about in the Acts of the Apostles, which tells us that fifty days after Easter, in the house where Jesus’ disciples found themselves, a “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filledRead More
Today, Sister M. Elizabet Parodi, Rome, from Argentina answers. She works in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican • Six months into the pilgrimage through the second century of the Covenant of Love…what is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, in the world, and in our mission? I dream of it as anchored in trust. A Schoenstatt that is confident that Mary renewed the covenant and that we renewed ourselves in the first love for her,Read More
PARAGUAY, Rosa Ruiz Díaz and María Fischer • “Thank you, Holy Father” is the song that has been chosen as the official hymn for Pope Francis’ visit to Paraguay on July 10-12. The hymn was chosen on May 9, during the celebration organized by the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference. The song competed along with eighty that were proposed. The Sub-commission of Sacred Music of the Episcopal Conference was in charge of selecting the subject. Christían Aramendia wrote the lyrics and Néstor Benítez composed the melody along with José Gauto and FernandoRead More
EUROPE, by Miguel Ángel Rubio, Spain • The European Forum of Families was held in Schoenstatt on May 8, 9, 10. Eight countries participated in this edition: Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Switzerland (this year’s organizing country), Poland, Croatia and Spain. The Forum was held in the Family House a tradition that has been maintained since the beginning of the Forum. Italy, France, Portugal, Russia, Scotland and England were missed; these countries had participated in previous years, but this year they were not able to attend due to differentRead More
Today Fr Leonhard Erhard, retired parish priest and member of the Priests’ Federation, who is working at the Schoenstatt Centre in Memholz, Germany, will answer these questions. “As an end-of-range model with some mobility, who is just about able not to stand in the way of active life, I no longer fit completely into the optimistic Jubilee spirit of a new start. When they look back at the answers offered until now, people could arrive at the idea that a photo from Granny’s album has got lost.” That was howRead More
PARAGUAY, María Fischer • We were almost leaving, bidding farewell once again to this young and a struggling mother, who can barely speak Spanish, but at least she understands our language better than we understand her Guaraní. We understood the pride and gratitude of her gestures when she showed us her garden, her plants, and above all her little house, which is very small but clean and painted a light turquoise. While her daughter, Luz, a timid little girl, with difficulty moving her hands and feet, simply smiled and lookedRead More
By Maria Fischer from Encarnación • The entire city of Encarnación, the “pearl of the south,” is celebrating. Posters, banners with the country’s and the Church’s colors are everywhere, the cathedral illuminated, a serenade by well-known artists: it is the eve of the great feast for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Encarnación, the city which bears the name of the great event which the entire universal Church celebrates on March 25th – the Incarnation of the Divine Word in the womb of Mary. “The Incarnation which we celebrateRead More
Just as in former years, the Way of the Cross was held by the Selva Cándida in the deanery on the grounds of the Schoenstatt Center in Belmonte, as part of Pope Francis’ call for 24 hours with the Lord. It began in the shrine, and after traveling throughout the grounds for the thirteen stations, the Way of the Cross’ 14th station ended in front of Santa Gemma Church. The cross and the shrine shone in the darkness of the Roman Spring night showing the way to God’s pilgrim people.Read More
by Leti and Martín Pereira, Paraguay It’s in the small everyday things that the Blessed Mother gifts us with the greatest blessings, or as João Pozzobon use to say: “Mother takes care of everything.” We are Leti and Martín and we have been married for almost eight years. We live in Asunción and are parents to Mariana, the girl with mandarins for the Pope and who is about to turn five, and Juan Martín who is 11 months old. We are Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Campaign missionaries and belong to theRead More