Today, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This day commemorates the end of Mary’s earthly life, and her assumption into Heaven, body and soul.
The belief in the Assumption of Mary was a widely-held tradition, and a frequent meditation in the writings of saints and the subject of art throughout the centuries. However, it wasn't until 1950, when Pope Pius XII made an infallible, ex-cathedra statement in the Apostolic Constitution that officially defined the dogma of the Assumption.
Earlier today, Pope Francis led a special Angelus recitation, inviting the thousands of people present at St.Peter’s Square, to always bring Christ in their heart. In his remarks, the Pope reflected on the Gospel reading that relates the meeting of Mary with her cousin Elizabeth, which inspired the triumphant song of praise, the Magnificat. The Pope said that " Mary is the model of virtue and faith. In contemplating her assumption into heaven, we give thanks, that she always goes before us in the pilgrimage of life and of faith.”
Following the Angelus, Pope Francis entrusted to Mary, as “Queen of Peace”, the anxieties and sorrows of the people who, in many parts of the world, suffer from natural calamities, of social tensions or conflicts”. “May our heavenly Mother obtain consolation for all, and a future of serenity and of concord.”
Salt and Light's CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica shares this beautiful reflection on Marian devotions.
Living Word - Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Reflection 5 from Salt and Light Catholic Media on Vimeo.
Now here in Canada, the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in a special way in Quebec with the "Assumption Festival", an 8 day event, celebrated at the Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. Those who attended were able to enjoy Eucharistic celebrations, hear from guest speakers, and enjoy musical performances.
Our very own Francis Denis was there today, and had a chance to talk to Bishop Crosby, the President of the CCCB, about why that shrine is particularly significant to him.
In Venezuela, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, has openly rejected the possibility of foreign intervention in the country following U.S. President's threat to pursue a military option.
Last friday, US President Donald Trump told journalists that Venezuela is a mess. It is a very dangerous mess, and a very sad situation. The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary. A military intervention is "certainly something that we could pursue." he said.
Cardinal Savino said, "The crisis we Venezuelans are suffering is so serious that now an external problem arises: the threats of a military option by President Trump," I am sure that all Venezuelan bishops will reject any foreign military interference, and I do not agree with the threat of a military option." Despite the violent demonstrations that have left more than 100 people dead, the Cardinal said a foreign military intervention would not solve the real problem, which is a "social, political and economic crisis. The ones who must solve this current crisis are we Venezuelans, and especially the government that created it."
Finally tonight, if you haven’t visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Marylake, King City in a while, you should come by and check out their latest edition of stain-glass panels that were installed recently along their Rosary Path.
These large stain glass panels entitled: “Mary’s Way of the Cross”, were created by Stuart Reid,a world-renowned artist and professor of art at the Ontario College of Art University. This permanent addition at the shine would not have been possible without the generous donations of many people including famous iconographer, Ted Harasti, who made the stainless steel frames that enclose the panels. It is definitely worth the drive up to King-City these beautiful works of art.
That's all for today. Join us again tomorrow, when we bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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