Perspectives Daily – Tragedy in Ottawa

Today on Perspectives, tragedy strikes Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience and the feast of St. John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II – a legacy of holiness

Pope John Paul II was in many respects a pope of firsts: the first pope to visit the White House, the first pope to visit Cuba, and the most widely traveled Pope in history. As one of the longest reigning popes in the history of the Church, his influence will be felt for generations. Join host Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB about the life and times of Saint Pope John Paul II in this episode of Catholic Focus.

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Perspectives Daily – Pope Francis Travelling to Turkey

Today on Perspectives, the Holy See Press Office announces that Pope Francis will be travelling to Turkey and Catholic News Service looks at the ISIS crisis and the application of the just war theory.

Perspectives Daily – Pope Paul VI is Beatified

Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI, the closing of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, a look at the various documents and speeches coming out of the meetings, we talk to a number of bishops after the Synod and a Consistory is held to name two new saints as well as look at the problems in the Middle East.

Witness: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

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The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family has generated enormous interest around the world.  But there is another important event taking place that many are overlooking: the beatification of Pope Paul VI, who concluded the Second Vatican Council and inaugurated the Synod of Bishops. One of the President Delegates of the 2014 Synod is Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, and a long time student of Vatican II and Pope Paul VI.

Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, as he discusses the invaluable contributions of Paul VI to the development of collegiality in the modern Catholic Church with one of the most dynamic and beloved pastors in the Church today.

Who was Paul VI and what was his legacy?


This weekend we’ll celebrate the conclusion of the 2014 Synod on the Family and the beatification of the Pope Paul VI. The Church that we know today is deeply shaped by the Second Vatican Council and is in many ways a reflection of Paul VI’s pontificate. Watch this short video tribute to the ‘Pilgrim Pope’ to learn about his pontificate.

To learn more about Paul VI and his contribution to the Second Vatican Council, watch The Church Alive.

Inside the Synod (Day 9) – completion of small group discussions

Tonight on Inside the Synod – Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila share their experiences and provide context as bishops prepare the final summary document for the Synod on the Family.

Inside the Synod – bishops meet in small language groups to discuss working document

Tonight on Inside the Synod the work of the small language groups is underway as bishops discuss the midterm report and work towards next week’s summary document. Sebastian Gomes brings us the latest from today’s press briefing and Catholic journalists weigh in on their responsibility when it comes to disseminating the message of the synod.

Inside the Synod – Cardinal Filoni on displaced Christians in the Middle East

On Tuesday October 7, during the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis called Cardinals to a special consistory that will address the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East. All the patriarchs of the Middle East and the heads of the Eastern Churches have been invited to attend the consistory, which will take place at the Vatican on October 20. In the following, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Pope’s personal envoy to the Iraqi people, shares news of the situation facing displaced Christians.

 

Witness: Cardinal George Pell

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Cardinal George Pell is one of the most well-known leaders of the Roman Catholic Church.  Appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 and Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, he has been a consistent and unwavering voice in favour of traditional Catholic doctrine particularly in the Western world.  In 2008, his diocese hosted the World Youth Day and Apostolic Journey of Pope Benedict XVI which is widely regarded as one of the most efficient and well-organized WYD’s in the three decades of their existence.

A long time critic of the financial and administrative mishaps at the Vatican, Cardinal Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to his “Council of Cardinals” one month after his election as Pope.  During an extensive assessment of the various bureaucratic structures of the Vatican, the Pope decided on February 14, 2014 to create a new Secretariat for the Economy in order to oversee all financial dealings at the Vatican. Cardinal Pell was hand-picked as the Secretary.

In this exclusive interview Fr. Thomas Rosica poses the practical questions that many watchers of the Vatican have long-wondered: just what exactly does the Cardinal’s work entail?  How is it being done? What are the goals desired by the Cardinal and the Holy Father?  The work of the new Secretary, it turns out, may be an essential key to understanding the pontificate of the beloved Pope Francis and why he was elected in the first place.

Premiere: Sunday, October 12 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT