Bishop Anthony Fisher on the impact and “big picture” of a WYD

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In the midst of World Youth Day Rio, Salt and Light’s Father Thomas Rosica had the opportunity to sit down with Bishop Anthony Fisher, now Bishop of Parramatta, who was Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and WYD Coordinator at the time of WYD Sydney in 2008. Take a look!

Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Francis, Vocations, and WYD

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In the midst of World Youth Day Rio, Salt and Light’s Father Thomas Rosica had the opportunity to sit down with Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Take a look!

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan on WYD, the Sacred Heart, and a “humdinger” of a Pope

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In the midst of World Youth Day Rio, Salt and Light’s Father Thomas Rosica had the opportunity to sit down with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Take a look!

Fr. Rosica on Pope Francis’s Flight and Arrival in Rio

 

S+L’s Sebastian Gomes catches up with Fr. Tom Rosica after a Holy See press conference discussing the events of Pope Francis’s flight to Brazil and arrival in Rio. During the Pope’s visit to South America, Fr. Tom is serving as Assistant to Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Director of the Holy See Press Office.

B16 says farewell to Cuba

This evening, Pope Benedict XVI said farewell to Cuba at José Martí International Airport, Havana, Cuba as he concluded his 6 day apostolic visit to Mexico and Cuba.

Find the full text of the Holy Father’s farewell address below.

I thank God for allowing me to visit this beautiful Isle which left so deep a mark on the heart of my beloved predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, when he came to these lands as a herald of truth and hope. I too greatly have wished to come among you as a pilgrim of charity, in order to thank the Virgin Mary for the presence of her venerable statue of the Sanctuary of El Cobre, whence for four centuries she has accompanied the journey of the Church in this nation and given encouragement to all Cubans so that, from the hand of Christ, they might discover the true meaning of the desires and aspirations found in the human heart and gain the strength needed to build a fraternal society in which no one feels excluded. [Read more...]

B16 Homily in Havana: know the truth which redeems and dignifies

Today Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass at “Plaza de la Revolución” in Havana, Cuba to commemorate the Jubilee Year devoted to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.

Please find the full text of his homily below.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Blessed are you, Lord God…, and blessed is your holy and glorious name” (Dan 3:52). This hymn of blessing from the Book of Daniel resounds today in our liturgy, inviting us repeatedly to bless and thank God. We are a part of that great chorus which praises the Lord without ceasing.

We join in this concert of thanksgiving, and we offer our joyful and confident voice, which seeks to consolidate the journey of faith in love and truth. [Read more...]

B16 Homily in Santiago de Cuba: The obedience of faith is true liberty, authentic redemption.

14 years after Bl. John Paul II’s trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass tonight on Cuban soil to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the discovery of the image of the “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre”. Below find a clip of the Holy Father’s homily.

Please find the full text of his homily below.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I give thanks to God who has allowed me to come to you and to make this much anticipated trip. I greet Bishop Dionisio García Ibáñez, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, and I thank him for his warm words of welcome offered on behalf of everyone. I greet the Bishops of Cuba and those who have come from elsewhere, and the priests, religious men and women, seminarians and lay faithful present for this celebration. I cannot forget all those who, for reasons of illness, advanced age or for other motives, are not able to join us. I also greet the civil Authorities who have graciously wished to join us. [Read more...]

Mexico warmly welcomes Pope Benedict XVI

Thousands joyfully greet Pope Benedict XVI upon his arrival at Guanajuato International Airport, Mexico. Below we’ve provided a clip of the Holy Father’s arrival address, where he speaks of his desire “to confirm those who believe in Christ in their faith, by strengthening and encouraging them to revitalize their faith by listening to the Word of God, celebrating the sacraments and living coherently.”

Benedict in Benin: Day 3 Recap & Reflection

There are no words to describe how incredibly uplifting these past few days have been. Not only has it been uplifting for the people of Benin but for Africa and the universal Church, as a whole.

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, Pope Benedict set out on a mission. It was quite evident these past three days that he wanted the people of Benin and Africa, as a continent, to know that they are an integral part of the Church. He inspired those he saw to become “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”, as called for by the theme of this papal visit.

He so intimately touched the hearts of all those who gathered and enkindled in them the fire of the Holy Spirit. Without a doubt, many people from Benin and Africa will be reflecting upon this visit for many years to come.

Looking back on today’s events, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass with a multitude of cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons and faithful at Friendship Stadium in Cotonou. In his homily, he asked the people of Benin to be concerned for evangelization in their country, and among the peoples of Africa and the whole world.

Following Mass, he recited the Angelus Domini and presented the long-awaited Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa, which had been released on Saturday.
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Catching up with Fr. Federico Lombardi

S+L’s Alicia Ambrosio had the opportunity to speak with Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ yesterday.

Despite his busy schedule, Fr. Lombardi took the time to share some experiences about his time in Benin. He also shared a remarkable story about a little girl the Pope met.

You can watch their full interview, via phone, above.