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Pope Francis asks for Prayers for His Upcoming Trip to Africa – Perspectives Daily

What are Pope Francis’ hopes and aspirations for his upcoming trip to Africa this week? Find out here as Pope Francis tells us in his own words.

Salt + Light will be bringing you coverage of Pope Francis’ trip through Kenya, Uganda, and Central African Republic. You can find the link to our broadcasting schedule at http://saltandlighttv.org/apostolicvisit/

When Parishes Merge: Perspectives Daily

What happens when a parish has to close, or two parishes are merged into one? Kevin Mannara CSB talks to us about that and his research into the what makes for a smooth parish consolidation.

Mannara suggests two books as resources for pastors or pastoral planners dealing with parish mergers:

1. Mannara recently had his research published by Liturgy Training Publications. His book is called “That All May Be One: Consolidating Church Buildings When Parishes Merge.”

2. The Struggle for Holy Ground by Michael Weldon, OFM is a book featuring case studies of parishes that have gone through the consolidation process and the lessons learned by those parishes.

Canonization of Mother Teresa – Perspectives Daily

Rumors of Mother Teresa’s canonization is causing a media frenzy despite the fact that the date has not been officially confirmed by the Vatican. Today, we also look at the response of the US bishop in light of politicians calling for Syrian Refugees to excluded from the Federal Refugee program.

Pope Francis’ remarkable comments at Lutheran Church – Perspectives Daily

Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis and other church leaders respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris, and Pope Francis visits the Lutheran Church of Rome where he makes some remarkable comments about receiving Communion in the Catholic Church.

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Paris reacts to attacks – Perspectives Daily

How have last week’s terrorist attacks affected Parisians? How has the local Church responded? We talk to Sel et Lumiere‘s Charles LeBourgois for reaction.

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Pope Francis Outlines Vision for the Future of the Church – Perspectives Daily

Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis strongly outlined a new, comprehensive vision for the future of the Catholic Church, telling a gathering of the entire Italian Church community there that, “Our times require a deeply merciful Catholicism that is unafraid of change.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices said they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic and other faith-based entities against the United States’ current contraceptive mandate.

In Syria, ISIS terrorists released 37 Syrian Christians over the weekend, part of a group of over 200 people they kidnapped in February.

Canadian bishops congratulate newly-elected PM Justin Trudeau – Perspectives Daily

Pope Francis gives his daily homily at the Santa Marta Chapel, Father Federico Lombardi delivers a statement on the recent the recent Vatican documents leaks, and the Canadian bishops write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to congratulate him on his recent election.

Pope Francis to Visit Mexico this February – Perspectives Daily

Pope Francis is set to visit Mexico in February, marking the pontiff’s first trip to the country, according to Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for all the cardinals and bishops who have passed away over the past year.

Vatican Radio reports that Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has sent a telegramme with his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin and to the families who lost loved ones following the crash of Russian flight A321, on Pope Francis’ behalf.

The Vatican’s news leaks scandal intensified on Tuesday as a book detailing claims of mismanagement and internal resistance, which has been thwarting Pope Francis’s financial reform efforts, will soon be published.

Pope marks All Souls, All Saints feasts – Perspectives Daily

Pope Francis marked the feasts of All Saints and All Souls while Vatican police questioned and arrested two people linked to leaking private Vatican documents to the press. Plus there is progress in the path to union between the Catholic and Lutheran churches in the U.S.

Cardinal Suppressed by Communists Dies – Perspectives Daily

Today on Perspectives, Cardinal Korec who was imprisoned by communists dies, Britain debates whether ISIS is committing genocide, US House of Representatives votes to defund Planned Parenthood and a look at a new film on Our Lady of Guadaloupe.