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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



Let’s begin in Rome today with a quick summary of the Pope’s message after his weekly recital of the Sunday Angelus. After praying the midday prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope noted that July 5th is the feast of Venezuela’s independence and he expressed his love and closeness to the families that ...read more
I had the opportunity a few weeks back, to chat with Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada  about Canada’s 150th birthday. In particular, we spoke about the Catholic Church in Quebec and how they are participating in this great Canadian milestone celebration. He jokingly reminded me that they’ve have been in celebration mode long before this ...read more
Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native Australia.The cardinal complained that he had been subjected to relentless character assassination “during a two-year investigation into the false claims”. And earlier today at a press conference in Rome, Cardinal Pell, along with Vatican Spokesman Greg ...read more
Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s square in Rome today during his weekly general audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian Hope, he spoke about the Hope and strength of the Martyrs Here now is the summary. The pope also held a Public Ordinary Consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica, for the creation of ...read more
Today, Pope Francis celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination as the auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992. And to celebrate the milestone, he presided over a mass in the Pauline Chapel at the Apostolic Palace, con celebrated with cardinals who were present in Rome. During the homily, the pope called the cardinals ...read more
In Rome yesterday, the Pope addressed the crowds in St.Peter’s square for the recital of the weekly Angelus prayer, after which he expressed his closeness and grief for the victims of a landslide that engulfed a village in south-western China. “I am close to the population of the Chinese village of Xinmo that was struck ...read more
The clock is ticking fast for the clergy in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, as the deadline to respond to the Pope’s ultimatum is just 17 days away. On June 8th, the Pope issued an unprecedented threat, giving the priests of that diocese thirties days to write him a letter promising total obedience or face ...read more
Being a saint does not require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad. This was the message from Pope Francis today at his weekly general audience where he continued his catechesis reflecting on the Saints as witnesses and companions of hope. Here now is ...read more
Earlier today, Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to the north of Italy to honor two 20th-century parish priests whose commitment to the poor, challenged many of the faithful to, “step outside their comfort zones”. < Flying to Bozzolo in the region of Lombardy, the pope prayed at the tomb of Fr. Primo Mazzolari, a priest ...read more
Getting to personally know a refugee can wipe away fears and dismantle distorted ideologies. This was the message Pope Francis conveyed yesterday to highlight world Refugee Day, which is observed on June 20th. After praying the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning, the Pope asked that: “concrete attention go to the women, men and children ...read more