March 19, 2013
By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis It’s been a week of lots of coffee, very little rest and some very bad, unhealthy food mostly eaten standing up. But it’s also been a week that I’ll tell my grandchildren about: the week Pope Francis was elected and conventional wisdom about what a Pope is supposed to be like was turned on its head. This morning was Pope Francis’s inaugural mass in St Peter’s Square. It would have been nice to have moseyed on over there at 9am and got a seat at the front ready for the 9.30am mass, but that would have been about as likely as meeting the Pope himself (maybe not so unlikely considering the way things are going with him). So I got there at 6.30am, got a good place half way between the obelisk and St Peter’s and prepared myself for a five hour […]
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis I’ve seen Pope Francis three times in six days, starting with the night he was elected. Every time I’ve had to wear the highest heels I own just to see over the heads of the massive crowds. I could also have done with a pair of binoculars. On Sunday, I arrived at St. Peter’s around 11.15am for the midday Angelus. The square was already packed and a massive crowd of hundreds, if not thousands were waiting to get in. I decided to use my press pass to go up to the roof area between St Peter’s and the colonnade (Braccio Carlo Magno) as it didn’t even look as though I’d be able to get into the square. On the roof there were dozens of TV and photo journalists with many more camped under temporary gazebos on buildings near-by. A new Pope is […]
What’s in a name? Since the Holy Father chose to be the first Pope Francis in history, many people have been speculating about the significance of this. Francisco Gearóid Ó Conaire OFM is a co-executive secretary of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Union of Superiors General (USG/UISG) and he is based in Rome. He reflects upon St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis – and throws in a bit of St Francis Xavier for good measure. Interview by Michelle Hough. “St Francis saw the whole of creation as one big family under God. If we and the whole of creation are all from the same Father, we’re related to each other. If you’re connected to and are related to each other, you have a responsibility to each other,” said Francisco. On creating him Patron of Ecology in 1979, Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote: ‘The […]
“MISERANDO ATQUE ELIGENDO” - Su Santidad Francisco Todas las Caritas de América Latina y el Caribe, nos unimos al regocijo que experimenta el Pueblo Santo de Dios después de haber hecho oración al Padre, para que a través del Espíritu de su Hijo Jesucristo, llamara y eligiera a Francisco para vivir la comunión con El y predicar el Reino de Dios (cf. Mc., 3,13-19; Mt., 10,1-42). Que el Señor lo conforte, lo proteja y lo llene de fortaleza, para que al igual que Pedro pueda llevar adelante la tarea de hacer discípulos del Resucitado a todos los pueblos, los santifique y los sirva en el nombre del Señor todos los días (cf. Mt., 28,16-20;Mc., 16,15; Lc., 24,45-48; Jn., 20,21-23) y así dilate a la Iglesia y la apaciente. (Cfr. LG 19) Desde ya, las Cáritas de América Latina y el Caribe, nos sentimos animadas, fortalecidas y esperanzadas por su sencillez, humildad y espíritu de oración. Su testimonio [...]
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis If I think of St Francis, I think of sandals… and a cord belt around a rough brown tunic, a bald pate and of course, a man surrounded by birds and squirrels. My thoughts about him had never gone further than the usual clichés that I learnt about when I was five. That was until last night…
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis It was a good day for umbrella sales people but a bad day for a Pope. As in no Pope was elected during the morning of the second day of the conclave. No one expected a Pope to be elected so early but me and about 10,000 others huddled in St Peter’s Square in the rain waiting for the smoke to come out of the chimney. So, about this chimney… it’s tiny. If you’re expecting something Santa could get down, think again. Even a pigeon would have trouble squeezing down there to make a home. Such a tiny thing the focus of so much attention…
The President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegulcigalpa, talks to Catholic News Service about the challenges facing the Church as Cardinals prepare to choose a new Pope. He also tells CNS's Cindy Wooden about how the cardinals prepare for a Conclave. Read article.
February 27, 2013
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis It’s a strange thought, the Pope surrounded by packing boxes. It’s an even stranger thought the Pope not being Pope any more. As I waited for Pope Benedict to appear for his final General Audience this morning I glanced at his apartment windows overlooking St Peter’s Square. I thought about the magnitude of his decision to stand down and wondered if he felt nervous. It’s easy to forget that the Pope’s a person with doubts and struggles, but in his final speech to the world as Pontiff, Pope Benedict reminded us that he is as human as the rest of us. "There were moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy ... there were moments, as there were throughout the history of the Church, when the seas were rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord [...]
“Believing in charity calls forth charity” “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)
December 6, 2012
November 15, 2012
By Jacques Dinan, Executive Secretay of Caritas Africa The identity and mission of Caritas in the light of the encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” is the theme of the meeting of Bishops that will take place in Kinshasa from 20 to 22 November 2012. Some 60 bishops, comprising the presidents of national caritas organisations and presidents of episcopal conferences, will gather in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo for this meeting jointly organised by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and Caritas Africa.
October 26, 2012
Caritas Internationalis secretatry general, Michel Roy, has spoken on behalf of the Caritas confederation at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican. Acting as an "auditor" at the three-week meeting, Mr Roy gave a speech on the relationship between charity and evangelisation. Read the speech in French, Spanish and English. View photos.
March 21, 2012
February 8, 2012
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