Today we continue our highlight coverage of the CCCB Plenary from Cornwall Ontario, but first, let’s go to Rome where earlier today, the Pope continued his catechesis on Christian hope, at his weekly General Audience in St.Peter’s Square. He invited all Christians to welcome so many of our brothers and sisters who were forced to leave their homes in search of a better life.
Here is the summary:
And now back to our coverage of the 2017 CCCB Plenary Assembly taking place in Cornwall Ontario. Yesterday, the Bishops traveled to Ottawa in the afternoon, to celebrate a Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, on the feast of the Canadian Martyrs and to consecrate Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
The Mass was presided by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa and Bishop Douglas Crosby, the current President of the Bishops conference and there were over 1000 people in attendance. Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec, was the homilist and led the prayer of consecration to Mary together with Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, and Archbishop Emeritus of Québec, His Eminence Marc Ouellet.
During his homily, Cardinal Lacroix said that, through the re-consecration of Canada to the Virgin Mary, "our country may be protected from the horrors of war and that our people may be more open to welcome into their lives the Good News, which is not a doctrine or a philosophy, but a someone: Jesus Christ." Here is a clip from that homily.
For those of you who missed it, we will re-broadcast the entire Mass this Saturday, at 12 pm Eastern. So for more details, including the complete transcript of the Cardinal’s homily, please visit our website listed below.
Now, here’s an interesting fact. This wasn’t the first time Canada was consecrated to the Virgin Mary. The first, was in 1947, during the National Marian Congress in Ottawa where the event was witnessed by over 200,000 people. So why do it again 70 years later?
Conference President, Bishop Douglas Crosby, talks to Emilie Callan about why it was important for the Bishops to consecrate the country once again. Have a look.
The Plenary continues until this Friday, and I’ll bring you more highlights in the days to come. Of course, you can follow our broadcast coverage directly from our website at saltandlighttv.org
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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