S+L logo

Mass, The Pope said, Is If We Are Actually At Calvary - Perspectives Daily

November 22, 2017
We begin with a summary of the Pope’s weekly general audience which took place earlier today at St. Peter’s Square.
Greeting the pilgrims who gathered there, Pope Francis continued his reflection series on the Mass where he said that the Mass is not just a memorial of what happened 2000 years ago, but is the paschal Mystery, which makes us participants. When we go to Mass, the Pope said, it is as if we are actually at Calvary. This report now from CNS
With the Papal trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh less than a week away, the Pope has added two private meetings to his visit in Myanmar, a country where religious leaders have expressed anxiety about what the Pope may or may not say about the volatile Rohingya refugee situation there.
Greg Burke, of the Vatican press office, has confirmed that the Pope will meet with representatives of various religions present in Myanmar on Nov. 28 and with Military General Min Aung Hlaing on Nov. 30th.
The military in Myanmar, and the General in particular, have been harshly criticized by the international community for their campaign against the Rohingya minority. The military claims the crackdown is a response to violence, but the United Nations has said the crackdown is hugely disproportionate and amounts to ethnic cleansing.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yan-gon, has publicly urged the Pope not to use the word "Rohingya" for fear of inciting Buddhist nationalists and the military. Greg Burke told reporters, they would have to listen closely to the Pope's speeches to see if he has accepted their suggestion on that matter.
And to help put into perspective the dire and serious situation of the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar, I have for you this report from Catholic Relief Services in Bangladesh.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
Related posts
The Vatican announced today that the Pope will once again celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison, and will wash the feet of 12 inmates as he has done, since the beginning of ...read more
Today marks the first day of the pre-synod meetings where over 300 young people from all over the world, convened in Rome to have a frank conversation with the Pope about the future of the Catholic ch ...read more
This weekend, the Pope will make a quick trip to the town where St. Padre Pio was born and lived his life, and where his work continues to mark the year of the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s de ...read more
While church authorities in El Salvador said they would wait to give details of the Vatican-approved miracle, a Salvadoran newspaper recently published an account of a 35-year-old woman who said it wa ...read more
March 13 2017, marks the four year anniversary of the election of the relatively unknown Cardinal Bergolio, from Argentina, to the Chair of St. Peter, who, as Pope Francis, has gone on to become one o ...read more