The devil is "a loser," but yet he still tricks people into giving him power”. That was the theme of the Pope’s homily today during his daily morning Mass from Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father reflected on how to deal with the devil who, though defeated and dying, is still dangerous.
"Never approach or talk to him. He is defeated but still dangerous because he seduces and, like a chained angry dog, he bites if you go to pat him."
He offered this advice. "We must never enter into dialogue with the devil. And in moments of temptation, we must approach the mother like frightened children do. According to the Russian mystics, in times of spiritual upheavals, take refuge under the mantle of the great Mother of God."
And so it seems that the Pope will be back on a plane again sooner rather than later. Next month, the Holy Father departs for a 1-day visit to Geneva, and the Vatican has just confirmed the agenda.
The program for the quick visit to Switzerland on June 21st will highlight the importance of Christians working and praying together on their ecumenical journey.
The Pope will visit the ecumenical centre of the World Council of Churches, where he will also participate in an ecumenical prayer service and other meetings. He will also meet privately with the president of the Swiss Confederation and then celebrate Mass at Geneva's Palexpo convention centre before returning back to Rome. This papal visit is part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of Christian communities and churches seeking visible unity among Christians.
This will be the Holy Father's 23rd trip abroad and you can be certain that we’ll bring you the highlights of the trip and more details, closer to the date.
Here in Ontario this week, the local Catholic District School Boards within the Diocese of London celebrate the significant contributions that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada.
London’s Bishop, Bishop Ronald Fabbro explains.
Catholic Education Week is coordinated by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association to raise awareness about the unique dimension of Catholic education in Ontario. For more information on this, and to watch the complete message, can you visit the Diocese of London’s website listed below.
And finally, if you are in the Winnipeg area tomorrow night, why not come out and join Fr. Tom Rosica, CEO of Salt + Light Television, for a private showing of our latest documentary film, A Woman's Voice.
In this new film, we hear the voices of eleven Catholic women from around the world. We learn of their stories, work, and vocations that are enhancing ministries, fighting for justice, and influencing thought. Empowered by their love of Christ and responding to the voices of His people, women of the Church are changing the world. This outstanding film offers unique portraits of some great women who are making a difference in today's world.
The screening tomorrow evening is free. It takes place at St. Mary's Academy, Alumnae Hall, at 550 Wellington Crescent. Doors open at 7:00 pm. We certainly hope that you can make it.
And that is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you more news and stories from the perspective of a Catholic lens.