Lets begin in Rome today where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience at St.Peter’s square. This morning, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to always put their trust in God’s word, even during the times when hope seems humanly impossible. Of course, you can watch the Pope’s entire address tomorrow night at 7:05pm eastern right after tomorrows edition of Perspectives Daily
Cardinal O'Malley, head of the commission that advises the Pope on the fight against clerical sexual abuse, insists that the Vatican remains committed to holding bishops accountable for enforcing zero tolerance but, he does admit that "we need to see how it’s going to work.” In a recent interview with Crux, Cardinal O’Malley said that he believes that Cardinal Müller, the head of the Vatican’s Doctrinal Office is, “very personally committed to zero tolerance”, despite accusations made by Marie Collins, former member of the Commission, who pinpointed Cardinal Muller’s dicastery as the source of her frustration and the reason for her recent resignation.
“Time will be the test of it,” Cardinal O’Malley says, “but I think it’s the first time there’s been that kind of a public commitment and a realization of the need for accountability.” You can read excerpts of the interview with Cardinal O’Malley on Crux’s website here
Pope Francis has called for a “collective and concerted” multilateral effort to eliminate nuclear weapons. Speaking at a UN Conference aimed at prohibiting & eliminating Nuclear arms, Msgr Camilleri, the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, read a letter from the Pope in which The Holy Father says that, “International peace and stability “cannot be based on a false sense of security, on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation, or on simply maintaining a balance of power.” Nuclear deterrence, the Pope said in the letter, is ineffective against the principal threats in the 21st century: in particular terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, cybersecurity, environmental problems, and poverty.
The conference took place March 27 in New York, after the UN General Assembly voted in December to negotiate a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, with the aim of working toward their total elimination.
"Please be close to your people. Accompany and be near them so the church can offer the Hope that comes uniquely from the Gospel." This was the message that Pope Francis gave to the Canadian Bishops from western Canada, who are in Rome for their visit ad limina. Archbishop Richard Gagnon said the major concerns and issues the group brought to the table for discussion with the Pope during their audience, included the Catholic Church's relationship with the indigenous people and how to minister to them in their communities.
Archbishop Smith told CNS that the pope spent "a lot of time talking about immigration," reaffirming that people from other lands and cultures "are a gift" that should be integrated. The pope told them, "Migration is a human phenomenon, don't be afraid, trust in the Lord, welcome people."
The Bishops of Canada are making their ad limina visits by region. In the upcoming weeks, Pope Francis will receive visits from the Ontaio Catholic Bishops, followed by the Bishops of Quebec.
And that is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more of the latest news and stories through the Perspectives of a catholic lens. From all of us here at the Salt and Light Studio, thank you for joining us.