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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



March 13 2017, marks the four year anniversary of the election of the relatively unknown Cardinal Bergolio, from Argentina, to the Chair of St. Peter, who, as Pope Francis, has gone on to become one of the most riveting, intriguing and remarkable world leaders of our time. ...read more
The Catholic Church in San Salvador is alive with news about a possible miracle attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero yet there is a yearning, that this momentum will help the cause of Blessed Romero‘s martyred friend, Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, for beatification. Father Grande organized teams of missionaries to evangelize the rural area in El ...read more
The Vatican press office has just released the Pope’s schedule for the upcoming Lent and Easter season and as usual, it’s jammed packed. This week until Friday, The Pope will be away on Lenten retreat with the Curia. On March 17th, The Pope will preside at a Penitential liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica. He will embark ...read more
Today we begin in Medjugorje, where only weeks after the Pope announced that he was sending an emissary to study the pastoral needs there, the bishop of the local diocese publishes a statement saying that,.. “based on all the evidence he’s seen, there are many reasons to doubt, that Mary is appearing there”. Bishop Ratko ...read more
Here in Canada, Archbishop Michael Miller is appealing to Vancouver’s Catholic community to respond to the region’s drug overdose crisis, urging schools, parishes and organizations to consider how they can reach-out to the marginalized,.. especially those, suffering from addiction and mental illness. In a pastoral letter to the archdiocese’s Catholics, Archbishop Miller wrote,.. “As people ...read more
We begin in Rome today where the Pope just released his new monthly intention prayer video. This month, He asks that we pray specifically for persecuted Christians. Have a look Now with all the recent focus on immigrants and refugees, it’s easy to forget that, how to treat refugees is an old issue that is ...read more
We begin in Rome today where Pope Francis marked Ash Wednesday by inviting the faithful to renew their hope in Christ’s promises and their commitment to follow Him ever more closely. Don’t forget, you can watch the Pope’s entire address tomorrow night at 7:05pm Easter Standard Time right after tomorrows edition of Perspectives Daily. Now to the ...read more
The Pope made history again this past weekend, as he visited an Anglican parish, (the first pontiff to ever visit that Anglican parish), which was celebrating the 200th anniversary of its establishment in Rome. Invited by the Anglican community, Pope Francis took part in an evening liturgy and blessed an icon of Christ the Savior ...read more
Every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the Pope recites the Angelus prayer with the pilgrims. Before and after the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings. And during his Angelus address yesterday, Pope Francis took his cue from the Gospel reading of the day in which Jesus calls us not to ...read more
I’d like to welcome Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development for the Knights of Columbus to Perspectives Daily. World Youth Day was just a mere 7 months ago and already the Knights have released this wonderful film about the whole experience called: “World Youth Day Krakow, A Pilgrimage of Mercy” Fr. Jonathan talks ...read more