Pope Francis will travel to the south of Italy tomorrow to visit the cities of Alessano and Molfetta to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of the popular Bishop, Don Tonino Bello.
During the half-day visit, the Pope will first go to the tomb of Don Tonino in Alessano to pray, then travel to Molfetta where Don Tonino was the bishop. The Holy Father will celebrate Mass there before returning back to Rome before lunch.
Don Tonino spent his ministry helping the disadvantaged. He worked to ensure that Cartias groups were established in every parish and founded a community to help people with addictions. He was widely known for his eloquent teaching style and for his pastoral sensitivities while being known for his push for greater diocesan participation on the part of the poor.
Don Tonino died from cancer in 1993 and is now en route to sainthood after his beatification cause was opened by Pope Benedict in 2007. On Monday, I'll have some highlights of the Pope’s trip.
Yesterday on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the Canadian media to provide clarity on the Pope’s response to the residential schools' issue and to address the "misconceptions" that the Pope “refuses” to apologize to Indigenous Peoples of Canada for the Church’s role in the Residential School abuses. Here are some highlights from the Press Conference.
Sadly, it's been widely misunderstood by the media that the Pope refuses to apologize to Indigenous Peoples. This has caused an uproar among the native community. Bishop Richard Gagnon explains.
The press conference was an opportunity for the Bishops to provide facts and clarity on the reported misinformation currently circulating in local media.
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.