So it’s official. The Vatican announced earlier today that the Pope’s much-anticipated exhortation will be released this coming Monday.
A statement issued by the Vatican Press Office has confirmed that a Press Conference will take place on April 9th to present the Pope’s newest Apostolic Exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate”, translated as “Rejoice and be glad. It will be on the theme: “On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”.
An Apostolic Exhortation is considered the second-highest form of papal teaching, after an Encyclical Letter. Since his election as Pope over five years ago, the Holy Father has published two other apostolic exhortations that offered reflections on meetings of the Synod of Bishops. "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), published in 2013, was focused on proclaiming the Gospel in the modern world and included proposals from the 2012 Synod on new evangelization. "Amoris Laetitia," ("The Joy of Love"), released in 2016, focused on ministry to and with families. And of course, I’ll have more details for you on this on Monday.
Here in Canada, the Catholic Bishops of Quebec have discussed the possibility of ordaining married men into priesthood.
During a recent conference dedicated to the future of the Catholic Church in Quebec, Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Quebec said that consolidating parishes is not a solution to the lack of priests.
"During a closed hearing at a recent plenary session of bishops, there was talk of the ordination of married men of a certain age, whose ecclesial commitment is tested." "We need to change this way of doing things. We believe that we can rebuild the Church, even if it is more humble to announce the mission of Christ. And this is an important reflection that we have right now," he said.
Now World Youth Day 2019 in Panama is just under nine months away and registrations are starting to climb. And to help better understand the registration process, Stephanie from World Youth Day Minute has this report for you.
And finally tonight, some sad news. A US seminarian, who participated in the Easter Sunday Mass with the Pope, died unexpectedly a day after he carried the cross at the opening procession.
Brother Anthony Freeman of Houston was a third-year theology student at Rome's Pontifical University and was scheduled to be ordained a deacon on July 7 in Houston. Sadly, he was found dead in his room on Monday after classmates realized he had not joined them for a scheduled outing. Italian authorities, are still conducting an investigation to determine the cause of death.
Friends told CNS yesterday that, “They usually pick the tallest person" to carry the cross to give it prominence, and "he was tall and strong and to bear the cross was very symbolic".
To learn more about Brother Anthony, tributes to his life and ministry, you can visit the website below.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again on Monday, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic Lens.
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