Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis’ Regina Coeli Address, the funeral Mass for Cardinal Tucotte and the death of Cardinal George.
The death of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte (1936-2015), Archbishop-emeritus of Montreal, fills our hearts with sadness at the loss of a good shepherd, a great friend and long-time supporter of Salt + Light. At the same time, his entrance into eternal life during the Easter octave is cause for rejoicing. I would like to think that the first to welcome him home was one of heaven’s gatekeepers, St. André Bessette, CSC, of Montreal. I am sure that Brother André then introduced the Cardinal to St. Joseph, then to the many saints and blesseds of Montreal and Quebec. Together they brought Jean-Claude to the Lord whom he served with much love and devotion as priest, bishop, archbishop and cardinal.
Below you can watch in its entirety the funeral Mass for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte that took place on Friday, April 17, 2015.
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis to travel to South America this summer, the LCWR meets with Pope Francis to conclude seven-year investigation, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday, a Christian boy in Pakistan dies after an attack and details on the funeral of Cardinal Turcotte.
The death of Vaclav Havel, the political dissident turned national leader and international hero has touched the world. Havel died Sunday December 18 at his weekend home in the northern Czech Republic. The 75-year-old former chain-smoker had a history of chronic respiratory problems dating back to his time in prison.
He was born October 5, 1936, in Prague, the child of a wealthy family that lost extensive property to communist nationalization in 1948. Havel was denied a formal education, eventually earning a degree at night school and starting out in theater as a stagehand. His political activism began in January 1977, when he co-authored the human rights manifesto Charter 77, and the cause drew widening attention in the West.
Text of the homily of Archbishop Timothy Dolan,
Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Funeral of His Eminence John Cardinal Foley
Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Philadelphia, December 16, 2011
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us!”
It is the celebration of that mystery of the Incarnation that we await this Advent season, as we long to hear those inspired poetic lines from the Prologue of the Gospel of John the Evangelist on Christmas morning.
It is the mystery of the ongoing Incarnation, especially manifest in the life and ministry of John Patrick Foley, that unites us in grateful, reverent, supplicant prayer this Advent afternoon.
On Friday, Dec. 16th, Cardinal John Patrick Foley will be laid to rest in his native Philadelphia. Salt + Light will bring you live coverage of the funeral service from Philadelphia’s Cathedral, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Our coverage of the Funeral Mass begins at 2:00pm ET.
Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem will be the main celebrant. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give the homily. Following the Mass, Cardinal Foley’s body will be entombed in the crypt of the Cathedral Basilica.
Cardinal Foley was known as the “voice of Christmas Eve Mass”, providing live commentary for American broadcasts of midnight Mass from the Vatican. He led the Pontifical Council for Social Communication for over 23 years, helping draft documents about ethics in advertising, social media, and the internet. Cardinal Foley was a great friend of Salt + Light and will be deeply missed. He passed away on Sunday, December 11th at the age of 76 after a long battle with leukemia.
Tonight on Perspectives: We bring you details surrounding Cardinal John Foley’s funeral, Pope Benedict receives a special invitation to visit Switzerland and Catholics in Saskatoon have a reason to rejoice.
He was an apostle who lived by his simple motto: Jesus is Lord. This is how the Archbishop of Toronto described his predecessor, the late Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, in his homily on Wednesday morning. Archbishop Thomas Collins presided over the Cardinal’s funeral in St. Michael’s Cathedral.
The Cathedral was overflowing with 1000 mourners. Representatives of all levels of government attended, including the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario and the federal finance minister. Toronto mayor Rob Ford issued a statement describing the Cardinal as “a caring, compassionate resident of our city.” He noted his role in hosting World Youth Day in 2002, which “stands out as a cultural milestone in our city’s history.” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty added that the Cardinal lived “with devotion, conviction, and to the fullest.”
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal was among the over 30 Canadian bishops who paid their respects. The president of the Slovenian bishops’ conference was also present, owing to Cardinal Ambrozic’s place of birth. After the funeral, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa remarked that the Cardinal was particularly reflective of the city he shepherded, due to his immigrant roots.
This morning, the Archbishop of Toronto presided at the funeral of his predecessor, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic. Archbishop Thomas Collins delivered the following homily to the congregation of over 1000 faithful who attended.
[singlepic id=168 w=400 h=300 float=right]As we gather to mourn Cardinal Ambrozic, and to celebrate this Funeral Mass for the repose of his soul, our consciousness of the Providence of God, and our faith in the Risen Lord, brings us consolation and hope in this time of sorrow.
Death reminds us all of the fragility of earthly life, and of our need to place our hope in the Lord alone, he who guides us on our pilgrimage through this vale of tears to the house of the heavenly Father. When we come together in the solemn rites of mourning of the Church, of our family of faith, we are ourselves strengthened through the Word of God, and through the Eucharist, and through our renewed awareness that when the time comes for each of us to die, we too will come before the Lord supported by the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
[singlepic id=163 w=400 h=280 float=right]TORONTO, August 30, 2011 – Salt + Light will broadcast the funeral Mass of Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, retired Archbishop of Toronto, on Wednesday, August 31 at 10:30 live from St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto. The live coverage begins at 10:15am with repeats at 8:00pm and midnight (all times Eastern).
The broadcast is also available through Salt + Light’s live web stream at www.saltandlighttv.org/live.
More than 1000 people are expected to attend the funeral, including 500 priests and numerous family and friends. Due to a large expected attendance, as well as renovations currently underway at the Cathedral, the Archdiocese of Toronto recommends that persons wishing to participate in the funeral Mass do so via television or internet.
Information on the coverage is available at www.saltandlighttv.org/ambrozic.