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And we take a look at this week’s General Audience
In Vatican City this morning His Holiness Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Arriving by pope mobile, the Holy Father took time to greet the many of tens of thousands who had come to the audience. After making the long ascent up the steps of the basilica, the pope opened the audience after which the gospel was proclaimed in eight different languages. The gospel was followed by Pope Francis’ catechesis that was also summarized in eight languages including English.
Following his Catechesis the Holy Father said that June 20 is World Refugee Day. He noted that Christ himself was a refugee and that today their numbers are dramatically on the rise. He asked people “to be close to these people, sharing their fears and their uncertainty for the future, and alleviating their pain with concrete measures.”
This morning the Holy See Press Office released Pope Francis’ program for his Apostolic Journey to the Republic of Korea this August. The theme for his journey has been announced as “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord’s glory shines upon you.” In addition to attending the Asian Youth Day celebrations that bring together young Catholics from across the continent, Pope Francis will have an extraordinarily busy itinerary. He will celebrate mass in a soccer stadium in Daejeon and also travel to the Sanctuary of the Martyrs of Seo So Mun, where he will Beatify Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 Korean martyrs. The pope will also go to Haemi where he will meet with Asian bishops, celebrate the concluding mass for the Asian Youth Day at Castle of Haemi and lastly meet with leaders of other faiths before celebrating a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation. Be sure to stay tuned to Salt and Light for more details as well as for our full broadcast schedule of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Journey to Korea.
In a release from the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, it was announced that their namesake is another step closer to beatification. A seven-member expert panel reviewing the Venerable Archbishop’s cause at the Vatican has unanimously concluded that the miracle put forward should be attributed to him. It involves a now three-year old child who was delivered stillborn, yet after prayers to Archbishop Sheen the child’s heart started beating 61 minutes after delivery. The case will now be put forward to Cardinals and Bishops who are members of Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Should they approve the case, it would then be presented to Pope Francis for approval.
In Vatican City this morning, His Holiness Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Arriving by pope mobile, the Holy Father took time to travel through the square greeting the many tens of thousands of pilgrims present. He even took time to get up close and personal with a number of pilgrims, taking pictures with them, chatting and shaking hands. After ascending the steps of the basilica the pope opened the general audience. This was followed by the proclamation of the gospel in eight different languages, before the Holy Father began his catechesis. Here now is summary of the Holy Father’s words in English delivered by Canada’s Father Owen Keenan.
In addition to his Catechesis, Pope Francis broke from his prepared remarks and vocally condemned slave labor, human trafficking and the weapons manufacturers. He said that, “One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God.” The Pontiff stated that tens of millions of children are exposed to this scourge around the world. He told the audience that June 12 was the World Day Against Child Labor. Francis called on everyone, especially families to protect the dignity of a healthy upbringing for every child. This he said was critical in granting them the possibility of a future filled with hope.
A desperate humanitarian crisis is developing in northern Iraq as over 500,000 people have fled the city of Mosul over the last three days. The mass exodus comes on the heels of fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant taking control of the city. The al-Qaeda splinter group has taken control of government buildings, banks, foreign government consulates, and broadcast stations, taking several prisoners. Speaking to Catholic News Service, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, Archeparch of Mosul, said that, “All our churches in Mosul are closed, and there is not one Christian in the city.” He said that police and military abandoned the city requiring the Church organize quickly. Archbishop Nona said they are currently scrambling to relocate and find homes for countless families who are on foot with no possessions. He has called for international humanitarian assistance for what he calls a tragedy. To date, violence in Iraq has seen as many as 700,000 Christians flee the war-torn country.
Finally, Brazil’s bishops have issued a red card to the organizers of this year’s World Cup. In a statement released by the country’s bishop conference, it said “The Church wants to contribute to the public debate and express its concern regarding the inversion of priorities in the use of public money that should go to health, education, basic sanitation, transportation and security.” The bishops are also critical of the eviction of the poor from their homes, disregard for environmental regulations, while also highlighting the need to combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking. All told, the tournament which starts tomorrow has cost Brazil $11 billion, money critics including the bishops say should have been spent on alleviating poverty.
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