Pope Francis has been invited to visit and speak at the European Parliament. Martin Schultz, president of the EU Parliament made the invitation when he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday.
If he were to accept, Pope Francis would be the second pope to address the European Parliament. Pope John Paul II visited the European Parliament in 1988 during a four day visit to France.
Pope Benedict XVI was invited to speak at the European Parliament, but never accepted the invitation.
Another Canadian religious woman is on her way to sainthood. Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Servant of God Marie Elisabeth Turgeon. The Quebec-born religious founded the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of St. Germain in Rimouski Quebec.
The order dedicated itself to teaching and training other women to become teachers. She died in 1881 in Rimouski, Quebec. The Congregation of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is still active today in Quebec, Labrador, the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
Archbishop Gilles Ouellet of Rimouski approved the opening of Turgeon’s sainthood cause at the diocesan level in 1989.
Turgeon will now be known as Venerable Marie Elisabeth Turgeon.. In order to be declared “Blessed” a miracle must be attributed to Turgeon’s intercession