We begin in Rome today, where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. This morning, Pope Francis spoke about Hope and reflected on two words in the Scriptures: Encouragement and Steadfastness. He said that Christians, given strength by the Lord, are called to spread these words, especially to those who are struggling.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we reflect, on 2 words used by Saint Paul in the opening reading: Steadfastness and Encouragement. Paul says that both are contained in the message of the Scriptures, but even more. That ours is a God of Steadfastness and Encouragement. In the Christian life, we are called to spread hope by supporting and encouraging one another, especially those in danger of faltering. But, we do so with the strength provided by the Lord, who is our unfailing source of hope. Faithful to the Apostle’s injunction, may we always live in harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus".
Of course, you can watch the Pope’s entire address tomorrow night at 7:05pm eastern right after tomorrows edition of Perspectives Daily, here on S+L TV
Yesterday we shared with you the Pope’s agenda for his upcoming trip to Fatima in May. But, before he makes that trip, he’ll embark on a 2 day apostolic journey to Egypt at the end of April. A Statement from the Holy See Press Office confirmed that, the Pope will make a two day journey to the Arab Republic of Egypt from April 28th to the 29th, visiting mainly the city of Cairo. This trip will make him the 2nd pope to visit Egypt after St. John Paul II went to Cairo in 2000. This marks his 18th trip abroad in 4 years and the 7th time he visits a Muslim-majority nation.
At the moment, there are no further details on this trip, but you can be sure we’ll bring you details once they become available..
This coming April 16th, Emeritus Pope Benedict turns 90 and according to his private secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, he’s doing just fine. In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, the Archbishop, said that although the retired pontiff is turning 90 next month, his health is basically good and continues to keep a very active schedule. “His advanced age hasn’t created any serious health challenges, aside from a basic problem with walking without assistance”, the Archbishop said, “so he uses a walker for help, and he gets along very well.”
In the Sudan, 5 million people are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished.This statement made by Jerry Farrell of Catholic Relief Services to CNS at a conference in Rome hosted by Caritas Internationalis to discuss the worsening crisis in the country. Talking to Catholic News Service, Jerry Farrell recounts the severe and dire situation in the Sudan, and says that if emergency food and aid don't get to people soon, people will starve to death or die of dehydration. The Catholic Church has always been in a unique position to respond to humanitarian disasters no matter how bad the situation escalates, Farrell said. “It is a lifeline in South Sudan. Not only spiritually, but also physically. We can distribute medical supplies, food, shelter & water, through the church in communities where you would think, nobody could go," he said. In the meantime, Jerry said, South Sudan desperately needs emergency relief to help people to: "strengthen their dignity, rebuilding their lives and bring peace.
If you’d like to participate in an aid program or want more details, you can visit the Catholic Relief Services website listed below
Save the Date! On Friday April 21st, The Henri Nouwen Society is having a launch for the new book: 'Love, Henri'. The event takes place at the Trinity-St Paul's United Church in Toronto. This new publication is a beautiful collection of over 200 unpublished letters written by Nouwen that sheds light & insight on the sacred longings of the human heart. Its compiled and edited by Henri Nouwen archivist, Gabrielle Earnshaw.
Admission is free. It starts at 7:30pm on the 21st, and the book will be available for sale. For more details, you can visit their site at: trinitystpauls.ca
And that is all that we have time for today ,thank you for joining us and we’ll see you again tomorrow