Let’s begin with a summary of the Pope’s Sunday Angelus address from St.Peter’s Square yesterday.
Reflecting on the Last Judgement, he noted that this past Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. It’s the day that the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. The kingship of Christ, the Pope said, is one “of guidance and service but, it’s also a kingship that, at the end of time will be asserted in judgment.”
Pope Francis recalled the criteria that will be the foundation of Christ’s judgment. “What you did for the least of my brothers, is what you did unto me.” This sentence, he said, “never fails to strike us because it reveals to us the end, to which God is willing to go on account for us. Thus Jesus reveals the decisive criteria of His judgment: Our concrete love for our neighbour in difficulty."
In other news, over the weekend, the Pope sent a telegram of condolence for Friday's attack on a mosque in Egypt. In his note, he said he was "profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North Sinai".
Signed by Cardinal Secretary, the telegram said, "In expressing his solidarity with the Egyptian people at this hour of national mourning, the Pope commends the victims to the mercy, of the Most High God, and invokes divine blessings of consolation and peace upon their families." The Pope also renewed "his firm condemnation of this wanton act of brutality directed at innocent civilians gathered in prayer."
Over 235 people were killed as they gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in Egypt. Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the mosque before opening fire on people as they attempted to flee.
Today marks the first day the Pope’s six-day apostolic trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. He arrived in Yangon, earlier today and was greeted at the airport by the Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar and the country's bishops. CNS has this summary.
And over the course of this week, we’ll continue to bring you highlight coverage of the Pope’s trip. For details on our television coverage, and on the Pope’s agenda, you can visit our website listed below for complete details.
Finally, with ISIS driven out of Iraq, Christians returning to their homes in that country, are now faced with the brutal reality that this Christmas, many of their churches have been destroyed. Our friends at Aid-To-The-Church-In-Need have this report that illustrates the sad reality of what our Christian brothers and sisters are in for this Christmas season.
And 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.
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