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We begin in Rome today where Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims at his weekly general audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian hope, the Pope focused his talk on the Christian prayer, The Our Father. It is now the second violent week between the Philippine armed forces and ISIS fighters in the southern Philippines. Religious leaders ...read more
U.S. Catholics joined Pope Francis and the rest of the world in expressing sorrow for those killed and injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London. After celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday, the Pope offered public prayers for the victims of the attack that left 7 people dead and 48 injured, one of ...read more
Several events happened in Rome these past few days but first, let’s look at the new prayer intention video that the Pope released last week. For this month of June, the Pope is asking the world to join him in praying for peace and the elimination of the arms trade. This past Pentecost Sunday, the Pope, ...read more
It turns out that Pope Francis will not visit South Sudan this October with the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury as he had originally hoped. With the civil war violence and famine spreading, the Pope had expressed doubts back in March, about the possibility of making the trip. Although a team from the Vatican recently visited ...read more
We begin today in Rome where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly general audience and continued his catechesis on “Christian Hope”. Here now is the summary And now, I bring you a special segment called, Perspectives Daily – Profile, where I bring you the 1st part of a 4 piece conversation with the ...read more
Tonight on this special edition of Perspectives Daily, I had a chance to sit and talk to a Canadian legend in the TV News business. He is chief correspondent for CBC News, and the anchor of CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast, The National. He has a name everyone knows, and the the voice that everyone recognizes. His reputation ...read more
Much has happened over the weekend but let’s first begin in Rome where the Pope met today with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during the Prime Minister’s trip to Italy to attend the G7 Summit The Prime minister told media that he asked the Pope to help Canadians “move forward on a real reconciliation” ...read more
Imagine your surprise if your doorbell rang only to find Pope Francis at your door? So you can imagine the surprised faces of the families living in the public housing complex outside of Rome when the Pope decided to spend last Friday visiting residents in that area. Continuing the “Mercy Friday” visits he began during ...read more
Good Evening, I’m Noel Ocol. As I mentioned last week, we had a very special guest come visit us here at the Salt and Light studios. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Pope’s right hand man when it comes to doctrine was in Toronto last ...read more
We have some news today about the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje. The commission that Emeritus Pope Benedict originally established to study the alleged apparitions has reportedly voted to recognize the first seven appearances of Mary that started in 1981. However, according to a report published by the website: Vatican Insider, the commission was far more ...read more