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Perspectives Daily - Pope Francis' Lenten and Easter Schedule

Noel Ocol

March 8, 2017
The Vatican press office has just released the Pope’s schedule for the upcoming Lent and Easter season and as usual, it’s jammed packed.
This week until Friday, The Pope will be away on Lenten retreat with the Curia. On March 17th, The Pope will preside at a Penitential liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica. He will embark on a Pastoral visit to Milan on March 25th where he is scheduled to visit the Cathedral church and a prison. While there, the Pope is planning to celebrate an outdoor Mass and meet with young people recently confirmed and those preparing for confirmation. On April 2, another Pastoral visit is scheduled, but this time to the northern Italian town of Carpi. Palm Sunday Mass is on the agenda the following week, at St.Peter’s Square on April 9th. The Pope will celebrate Holy Thursday, morning Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on April 13th, followed by the Good Friday liturgy of the Lord's Passion again at St. Peter's Basilica on April 14th. A night time Way of the Cross in the Colosseum will follow later that evening. The next day on April 15: the Pope will celebrate Easter vigil at 8:30 pm at St. Peter's Basilica followed by Easter morning Mass, the next day on April 16th.
We will be broadcasting some of these events on our network so be sure to visit our website for our broadcast schedule at: saltandlighttv.org
We go to the Philippines now where the government is planning to reinstate the death penalty after it was put on hold 11 years ago. The Catholic Church in the Philippines, continues to oppose the measure that passed the Parliament House yesterday, but the bill is expected to move quickly through the Senate.
Many times throughout the country's history, the government has imposed, then suspended, the death penalty and every-time, church has consistently fought it. However, since taking office, President Duterte has pursued drug dealers and addicts causing more than 7,000 poor people to be killed in both police operations and unexplained killings of alleged drug offenders
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro said, "Certainly we are for the campaign against drugs, and we know drugs can have very serious harmful effects on families but drug offenders should not be subject to the death penalty. It's not a humane and Christian way of dealing with the problem."
To the US now, where the Pope has made 2 appointments.
Yesterday, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, announced that Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Mark Rivituso, to be auxiliary bishop for St. Louis and today he announced, the appointment of Fr Roy Campbell, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Largo, Maryland, as the new auxiliary bishop of Washington.
Bishop-designate Rivituso, is a native of St. Louis, and was ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 1988 and has been vicar general since 2011.
In a statement issued yesterday, Bishop-designate Rivituso said, "I am profoundly touched by the confidence the Holy Father has placed in me. I have asked him to keep me in his prayers and I have assured him of my prayers, respect and obedience. At the same time I am honored that I can in some way assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis."
Now Bishop-designate Campbell, on the other hand, was ordained by Cardinal Wuerl or Washington in, 2007 and is a member of the Archdiocese's Clergy personnel board, the Vocations Board and the College of Consultors.
Bishop-designate Campbell "brings to his new ministry recognized talent and demonstrated ability," Cardinal Wuerl said in a statement. "He also bears witness to the great cultural and ethnic richness of the Church of Washington".
And all of us at Salt and Light, wish both men the very best in their new appointments.
And finally now, We had the great pleasure of welcoming the Sisters of St.Joseph to our new studios last week for Mass, a tour and an afternoon of fraternity and friendship with of the staff of Salt and Light.
That's all for Perspectives Daily today. We'll see you again tomorrow.