BLOG: Alicia Ambrosio
Tomorrow, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It marks the day in 1854 that Pope Pius IX declared the Catholic Church believes Mary was concieved free from Original Sin. In many countries it is a holy day of obligation and in many parts of the world it is also a public holiday. ...read more
Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar are three locations that evoke images of exotic foreign lands. It’s certainly off the usual travel route for most North Americans and it’s not every day we here at S+L read those names in the Vatican’s daily press bulletin. Today, however, the Holy See appointed a Papal Nuncio to those three ...read more
In his Angelus Address this past Sunday Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the feast of All Saints and linked it to a very visible Roman landmark. Originally a pagan temple, the Pantheon was dedicated to all Roman gods. Marcus Agrippa, a consul in Rome, had the temple built in 27 B.C. The temple was caught ...read more
On tonight’s new episode of Catholic Focus we explore the story of Fr. Jose Olallo, a Cuban priest beatified November 29th, 2008. Alicia Ambrosio looks at the miracle that led to his beatification. We also look at what it means to the Church in Cuba to have a native Cuban on the altar. Tune in ...read more
Salt + Light’s Alicia Ambrosio provides this report on Tuesday’s activities at the CCCB’s Plenary Assembly. ...read more
Just as the leaves start to change colour and people start to book warm getaways to escape the fall chill every year, one group of dedicated men hunker down and head to Cornwall, Ontario for a week. The Canadian Bishops are gathered this week for their annual Plenary Assembly at the NavCanada Centre in Cornwall. ...read more
Alicia Ambrosio reports on the opening session of the CCCB Plenary Assembly and Archbishop Weisgerber’s opening address. For Text below: ...read more
With a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica October 4th, Pope Benedict XVI opened the Synod of Bishops for Africa. Although the Mass was conducted mainly in Latin and Italian, a choir from Congo sang traditional African Hyms and the Mass booklets were illustrated with sacred art from Congo, Togo, Burundi and Ethiopia. The theme of ...read more
Only half way through the three day visit to the Czech Republic Pope Benedict XVI was happy with the way the visit unfolded. In a press breifing the Vatican’s media spokesperson said the Holy Father was happy with way his visit had been recieved. He was especially happy that Czech President Vaclav Klaus attended all ...read more
Where were you when John Paul II landed on Canadian soil? That’s the question that’s been bouncing around the Salt+Light offices for the last few weeks. My French speaking colleague Sebastien Lacroix and myself have both been working on a one hour special to commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s first papal voyage ...read more