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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



We begin in Rome, where earlier today Pope Francis addressed pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. The Holy Father continued his catechesis on Christian Hope, reflecting on St. Paul’s words in the Letter to the Romans:“In hope we were saved.” Now, here’s an interesting headline. A recent study by the Pew Research Center has found that ...read more
We begin with news today from Fatima, where Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Blessed Mother appear in Fatima in 1917, is now one step closer to canonization. The diocesan phase of the Fatima visionary’s cause concluded the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness last week in ...read more
Twenty months after suffering serious damage from an arson attack, the famous Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Israel, was finally reopened. This iconic church, also known as, the Church of the Multiplication is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is traditionally believed to be the site where Jesus performed ...read more
This year, Development and Peace is celebrating its 50 year anniversary with the Pilgrimage of the Solidarity Quilt. For the 2017 Lenten campaign, D&P launched a collaborative quilt project where each diocese in Canada has been asked to create a patch in honour of Development and Peace’s anniversary. The patches will form a quilt that will be ...read more
Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope today at his weekly General Audience. He told pilgrims that God’s hope calls us to be “channels of humility and simplicity for all.” “The hope that we have been given,” the Pope said, “does not separate us from others, nor does it lead us to discredit or ...read more
Without commenting on the authenticity of the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Pope Francis appointed a Polish archbishop to study the pastoral needs of the townspeople and the thousands of pilgrims who flock to Medjugorje each year. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the small town each month to meet the alleged seers and to pray. ...read more
It’s February 14. Love is in the air as a all sorts of people rush to overwhelm the Hallmark store, the florist and the fancy restaurants. Everyone, it seems, is out in full pursuit of love and affection. Valentines Day has become a major secular annual holiday, so much so that many Catholics forget that there is a “saint” missing ...read more
On Friday, Pope Francis spoke of ‘light and shadow’ in healthcare sector, thanking God for the “many healthcare professionals who live their work like a mission, with knowledge and conscience.” These words came in an address to the participants in a meeting promoted by the Charity and Health Commission of the Italian Bishops’ Conference organized ...read more
To help clarify the Catholic Church’s positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues, the Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the church’s bio-ethical teachings. Msgr. Jean-Marie Mupendawatu secretary delegate for health care in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said the charter “is a ...read more
Today on Perspectives Daily, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to strive to be living signs of hope for the entire human family. Speaking during the weekly General Audience in the Paul 6th Hall, the Pope continued his catechesis on Christian hope, conceding that especially in times of darkness and difficulty, hope is no easy virtue. ...read more