Yesterday in Rome, Pope Francis received the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, in a private audience at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace during which he asked for God's forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 genocide. Pope Francis went on to, “conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the Holy See and of the Church, for the genocide against the Tutsi. He expressed his solidarity with the victims and with those who continue to suffer the consequences of those tragic events. During the meeting, a particular concern was expressed for the large number of refugees and migrants in need of help and support from the international community.
Now, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, The Pope will make a two-day pilgrimage to the site where Mary appeared to three shepherd children on May 13, 1917. The Vatican Press Office released the schedule for this 2 day trip which begins on Friday afternoon May 12th and concludes when the Pope returns to Rome on the evening of the 23th.
Some highlights of the trip includes, on the Friday, a 4:35pm meeting with the President of the Republic in the Monte-Real Air base followed by the arrival at the Fatima stadium by 5:30pm. At 6:15 The Pope will visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions followed by a blessing of the Candles at that chapel at 9:30pm. Greetings from the Holy Father and a recital of the Holy Rosary will conclude the day.
On the next day, a 9:10am meeting with the Prime Minister at the Nossa Senhora doCarmo House is scheduled followed by a visit to the Basilica. At 10am, Holy Mass at the churchyard of the Shrine along with The Holy Father’s homily and greetings to the sick. Lunch will be at 12:30 with the bishops of Portugal, followed by a farewell ceremony in the Monte Real air-base at 2:45 and departure back to Rome at 3pm. Of course, we will broadcast some of the event of this trip and I’ll bring you more details as they become available.
Earlier today, the Pope released a video message for the young people preparing for the 2019 World Youth Day. In his message he says, “With the memory vividly in our minds of our meeting together at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, we have set out towards the next goal that will be, God willing, Panama in 2019. These moments of encounter and conversation with you are very important to me. I want this journey to proceed in line with preparations for the next Synod of Bishops because it is dedicated to you young people.”
The Pope’s entire message and video is available on our blog site listed below.
And speaking of World Youth Day, we had a special guest visit us on Friday. Isabel Co-raya, the new Canadian National Coordinator for WYD, came by to say hello and I had the opportunity to chat with her about her new role and this is what she had to say.
And finally today, we are pleased to announce another Salt and Light Pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming October.
Join Fr.Rosica and the Salt and Light crew for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime trip. For more details and information, you can visit our website at: Saltandlighttv.org
And that is all that we have time for today, thank you for joining us and we’ll see you again next tomorrow.