Expressing his condolences to the victims of the terror attack in London on Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the Archbishop of Westminster, where He promised prayers and spiritual closeness to the grieving families, as well as his spiritual solidarity with the whole people.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries caused by the attack central London, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his prayerful solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy.
Co-Mending those who have died to the loving MERCY of Almighty God, His Holiness invokes divine strength and peace upon their grieving families, and he assures the the nation of his prayers at this time.”
9 months after restoration work began, the site of Jesus' burial and resurrection, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was finally inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony yesterday in Jerusalem.
The 200-year-old structure was restored for the first time after it was deemed unsafe by Israeli authorities. This forced the leaders from the three main churches that manage the site, to overcome their century-old disagreements and work together to facilitate the reconstruction.
Several hundred people filled the main area of the basilica where the Edicule is located, taking pictures and videos of the pink-stoned structure free of the metal girders that the British Mandate authorities added in 1947 to keep it standing.
Pope Francis has appealed for Catholics around the world to participate in the ’24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative, taking place from the 23rd to the 24th of March. The initiative is an opportunity for people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Pope Francis at his General Audience yesterday said, “I invite all communities to live faithfully the appointment of the 23rd and 24th of March, to rediscover the Sacrament of Reconciliation during a 24 hour period.
All churches around the world are being asked to offer confessions during that time, a request made by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, and to show their support for the initiative by using the 24 Hours For The Lord hashtag.
Now here in Canada, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec City gathered with leaders from many Catholic movements and associations, last weekend, under the theme “for the joy of the Gospel”.
The event included the Evangelization Cross, which was blessed by Pope Francis in Bolivia in July 2015. The Cross is making a pilgrimage throughout dioceses across Canada to help promote missions and evangelization and to lead us towards the next Missionary Congress of the Americas, which will take place in Bolivia in 2018.
If you are interested in having the Evangelization Cross come to your parish, your community, school or for an event, contact the Pontifical Mission Societies of French-Canada at opmcanada.ca
And tomorrow, we have some new episodes of your favorite S+L programs this weekend, that you don’t want to miss.
On Friday at 8pm Eastern, Emilie Callan hosts a new episode of Vatican Connections. This week, she’ll be look back at the bishops from Atlantic Canada’s meeting the Holy Father on their visit. She’ll also be talking about the Pope’s private audience with the president of Rwanda, and also look into why the Church collects money for the Holy Land in Lent. Lots of interesting stories, so don’t miss it.
And on Sunday at 7pm eastern, Fr.Rosica sits down with Ancestry.com’s Quinton Atkinson, a true pioneer in the field of connecting people and reinventing how people make family history discoveries.
For all the details on our new program line up this weekend, just visit our website at saltandlighttv.org/schedule
And that is all that we have time for today . Thank you for joining us and we’ll see you again on Monday