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S+L BLOG: Mary Rose Bacani



Saturday was one of our craziest days ever. We had to pack up all our equipment after the Morning Mass because we had to bring our control room, editing suite, box, etc., to the Plains of Abraham, where the Sunday Mass was going to be. The Pepsi Coliseum was no more!! BUT we still left ...read more
I must express that I experienced a tinge of sadness today. I had finished with shooting my Zoom segments. It was so much fun covering the stories on the Youth Pavilion, Workshops, CCO/Youth Service, Adoration, Reconciliation, Park of Saints and Blesseds, Prayer Service with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Procession, among other things. You know why? ...read more
Mabuhay means something like “Long live” or “Welcome” in Tagalog, the language in my native country, the Philippines. I heard this word a lot today because the dynamic and charismatic Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines was periodically cheered by a lot of Filipino fans during his catechesis! Today’s featured continent was Asia, and ...read more
There’s a lot going on in the Eucharistic City! Two days ago, I covered Youth Space (very wild and lively) for the Zoom coverage on the Eucharistic Congress, and yesterday, I covered the serene and “mild-atmosphered “Adoration Chapels. It’s good to know that the pilgrims are not only hearing about the Eucharist, receiving the Eucharist, ...read more
There’s close to 20 of us from Salt + Light at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec. We all have our different responsibilities, so we are scattered around. It’s at dinner time, which is around 8 or 9 pm by the time we’re done, that we’re all together in one place. Imagine how difficult ...read more
“I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is.” – Uses of Diversity, G.K. Chesterton “G.K. Chesterton? Who’s that?” I expect most people would ask this question once I bring up the name ...read more
Recently, a Salt + Light crew went to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. That crew included Pedro & me as producers, Wally Tello & Richard Valenti as cameramen, and Chris Valka, C.S.B., as our production coordinator. All headed, of course, by our CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. One of the shows coming ...read more
… It’s Valentine’s Day, the day for romance, and what have I got to offer you for Catholic Focus tonight??? A lot of SILENCE…. But wait, silence not too far off from the theme of love. Because lovers who love don’t always need so many words to say to each other. Being in each other’s ...read more
Did you know? … that the very first Focus episode, which was on nuclear weapons, aired on October 25th, 2005, and was co-hosted by David Naglieri and John Ignatowicz? … that originally Catholic Focus/Focus Catholique was going to be called “Gaudium et Spes” after the Vatican II document? … that at least 10 people were ...read more
What better way to get out of a snowstorm in Toronto than to go into the “deserts” of London, Ontario!!!That’s what I did from Saturday, December 15th, to Monday December 17th. With only a backpack of overnight clothes and my retreat journal, I went on a two hour bus ride to the Monastery of the ...read more