The Holy Father Francisco announced on October 15, 2017, the holding of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: Amazon, new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology, which will take place in October 2019. The new ways of evangelization are thought for the People of God who live in that region.
After some months since the beginning of my service as General Minister I have this chance to send you some Christmas greetings. At Mass this morning, the homily recalled ‘Emmanuel’ – of all that the Lord does for us, and how the simplicity with which God acts comes from his love for us. Not because God wants something from us, but because he loves us.
Once again we put our cappuccino calendar in our hands and our first word of thanks: Thank you for letting us be in your life during this new year. Each edition of this calendar is thought that together we can reflect on some current issues for the Church. This year, at the invitation of Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation Gaudate et exsultate, we want to remember together the call of God to all of us: "Our Father wants us saints".
At the beginning of the funeral Mass of our brother Alfonso Andueza Artázcoz, who died in the peace of the Lord at the convent of capuchins in Mexico City on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18, 2018. In this funeral Mass of our brother Alfonso, here, before his recumbent body, we want to make a simple evocation of his life to share our prayer with more feeling. It is not an inopportune panegyric in this sacred moment, but to evoke before Jesus the memory of a brother, very dear, who leaves us at 92 years of age, on the day of St. Jude Thaddeus, after a residence and service of 26 years in this Mexico, which he carried in his heart, and in this concrete fraternity of Las Águilas.
He was born in a small village in Navarre, near Pamplona, called Urdánoz in 1926, and as Fr. Alfonso de Urdánoz was recognized in his ministerial years in Spain, although his family kept calling him "Paquito", because Francisco was the name of baptism.
Son of a family of deep catholic roots, when he was about to turn 11, he entered the seminary.