Year of Mercy Tag

FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “I remember once when we really saw that we often lack the ability to open ourselves up to grace and to the divine meaning of forgiveness and mercy,” explained Stella and Victor Dominguez a short while ago at a presentation to the pastoral ministers of the Archdiocese of Asunción. “Someone came up to us as we were starting the Pastoral of Hope and told us that what we were proposing was very unfair: a pastoral project for divorced people in aRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • On 13 January, Pope Francis presided over the General Audience in Paul VI Hall, beginning a catechetical series on God’s mercy in the Bible and he reflected on the passage from Exodus: “the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” For the Schoenstatt Family, this is an opportunity to reflect on the “coincidence” of the 50th anniversary of Fr. Kentenich’s 13 December 1965, “letter of mercy” and his covenant with God the Father, theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – CHRISTMAS IN THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation,” Pope Francis wished the faithful who joined him for 2015 Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis called on the faithful to allow themselves to be embraced by the Christ Child and toRead More
BURUNDI, Hermes Ntabiriho • “I have seen…I have heard…I know your suffering” (Exodus 3:7): This was the theme for the inauguration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Mont Sion Gikungu Shrine, a ceremony on 20 December that was presided by the archbishop of the Bujumbura diocese, Evarise Ngoyagoye. The official opening of the jubilee year in Burundi took place on 8 December at the national shrine in Mugera in the archdiocese of Gitega, which brought together all of Burundi’s bishops and several thousand Catholics. Before the start ofRead More editorial team• Usually, the editorial team is sincerely happy with every comment made about an article, whether written publically on the page or sent only to the editorial team. However during the days before Christmas, a true avalanche of comments arrived that concern us and challenged our commitment of taking our readers’ dialogue seriously, who we always see as collaborators since they contribute their interest, time and also their questions and comments. It is about the Original Shrine’s door– a door that on 13 December opened as aRead More
By Maria Fischer • On Sunday, 13 December, after the usual Sunday Mass in the Pilgrims’ Church (10:30 a.m. local time), the Holy Door of Mercy was opened at the Original Shrine. Fr. Juan Pablo Cattoggio, President of the Schoenstatt General Presidency, celebrated the Holy Mass and the opening of the door. There was a live transmission by Schoenstatt TV. There has never been a Holy Year in history with so many holy doors throughout the world’s dioceses. When Pope Francis convoked the Jubilee in his papal bull “Misericordiae VultusRead More