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Perspectives Daily - Pope Francis Makes History Again

Noel Ocol

February 28, 2017
The Pope made history again this past weekend, as he visited an Anglican parish, (the first pontiff to ever visit that Anglican parish), which was celebrating the 200th anniversary of its establishment in Rome. Invited by the Anglican community, Pope Francis took part in an evening liturgy and blessed an icon of Christ the Savior to commemorate the occasion.
He came with the message that, “Ecumenism is a common journey, not a lab experiment”. 
Now here in Canada, a wonderful story coming from Newcastle, Ontario where community members and the parishioners from St Francis of Assisi parish gathered last weekend to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the arrival of a young Muslim family of 7, who has come to Canada as Syrian refugees.
The parish of St. Francis of Assisi is one of 14 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Since October 2015, St. Francis of Assisi has been working to bring Mr. Doughouz and his family to Canada.
And to make the celebration a success, the city mayor Adrian Foster and other council member attended along with other Muslims families from in and around Bowmanville.
This is a success story not only from the viewpoint of the organizing and parish committee but for the family who is now completely self supporting, and active members of the community in just one year.
And here’s an event that you’ll want to save the date for if you happen to be in Toronto that week. On March 16th, Novalis in conjunction with St. Peter's Church in Toronto  is having a book presentation to formally debut the new book by Fr.Tom Rosica "The Seven Last Words of Christ"
Join respected biblical scholar, lecturer, author and founder of Salt and Light TV, Fr. Thomas Rosica, as he reflects on the last words of Christ and their significance to our modern world as portrayed in his recent book,
Novalis Publishing will be present with limited copies of The Seven Last Words of Christ for sale. The event starts at 7pm sharp on March 16th at  St. Peter’s Church located on 830 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M5R 3G1
Many of your favorite Salt and Light personalities and staff will be present so come on out and say hello. If you can't make the event but would still like the book, you can get copies on our website listed here.
That is all for Perspectives Daily today. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you tomorrow!