Pope Francis is back in Rome, so let's begin with a summary of his weekly general audience which took place earlier today at St. Peter’s Square.
Greeting the pilgrims who gathered there today, the Pope reflected on his Apostolic Visit to Colombia, which concluded on Sunday.
This report now from CNS.
In the Philippines meanwhile, Manila's Cardinal, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has asked for all church bells at the archdiocese to be rung every evening, starting this Thursday, to remember the thousands of people killed in the government's campaign against drug dealers and addicts.
The Manila Archdiocese now joins a long list of dioceses across the country, that started commemorating the deaths by tolling church bells nightly.
In a letter dated Sept. 8, the Cardinal, once again, called attention to the consistent killings of poor people, in police anti-drug operations and unexplained vigilante murders. "With pain and horror, we continue to get daily news of the killings around the country," the Cardinal wrote. "We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal. We cannot govern the nation by killing. We cannot foster a humane and decent Filipino culture by killing." Cardinal Tagle also asked the faithful in that country, to stop what they are doing when they hear the ringing bells and pray the Hail Mary and the Our Father.
English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, passed away earlier this month at the age of 85. Our very own Francis Denis attended the funeral at Westminister Cathedral today and had a chance to talk to Cardinal Vincent Nichols about the late Cardinal's legacy.
You can watch the entire interview and more from the funeral below:
Finally, here in Canada, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will hold its yearly Plenary Assembly from September 25th to the 29th, at the Nav Canada Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. This year, the Bishops will discuss many topics, which will include inter-religious dialogue with Islam, and the situation in the Middle East and Interfaith Dialogue. The Bishops will also reflect on human trafficking; there will be a presentation on the work of the Santa Martha Group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the many institutes of religious life, particularly women religious involved in the work to counter human trafficking.
We will broadcast some of the events LIVE from the plenary on the network, so be sure to check details on our website listed below.
That's all for today. Join us again on tomorrow, when we bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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