Much has happened in the past few days but, let’s start in Rome, where Pope Francis addressed pilgrims during his Sunday Angelus, taking inspiration from the Gospel reading, in which Jesus restores the sight of the blind man. With this miracle the Pope explained, “Jesus reveals himself as light of the world”. Each of us, the He said, Is blind from birth. “We were created to know God, but because of sin we are like the blind, we need a new light, that of faith, that Jesus has given us.”
Following the Marian prayer the Pope remembered José Álvarez-Benavides de la Torre, and the 114 companion martyrs, who were beatified on Saturday in Spain.
Pope Francis also recalled his one-day pastoral visit to Milan on Saturday during his Angelus address, expressing his thanks to the organizers and those who took part adding- that it felt home. During his one day trip, The Pope visited the immigrant residents of the Forlanini district before moving to the Cathedral where he met with priests and consecrated people, answering questions in a general audience. The event concluded with the Angelus in the square of the Cathedral where the Pope invited the crowd to focus on hope, in a society that is increasingly numb to the pain of others. From there, the pontiff moved to the San Vittore prison to meet with prisoners, before making his way to Monza Park to celebrate Mass. During that Mass, The Pope pointed out that Christian hope and the message of Salvation arise everyday, and is possible in the face of loss, and the anxieties of everyday life. The last event in Milan for the Pope, was at Milan Stadium, where he met children recently confirmed and those preparing for confirmation. The Holy Father asked them to make a promise to Jesus- that they’ll never bully anyone, and also that they spend time with their grandparents, to gain wisdom from their stories.
For a complete recap of the Papal trip be sure to catch Vatican Connections with Emilie Callan this coming Friday
To the US now with some sad news about Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore. Cardinal William Keeler, a priest for more than 61 years and head of the oldest Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 18 years, died Thursday at age 86. Cardinal Keeler retired in 2007 as the head of the archdiocese of Baltimore and devoted much of his clerical life to improving ties with other denominations. His work as a faith leader, in ecumenism and interreligious affairs, and his interfaith work with the Jewish community was world renowned.
Salt and Light TV’s Fr.Thomas Rosica had an opportunity to sit and talk to Cardinal Keeler in 2005 on his weekly show WITNESS about his life and his love for interfaith work. You can watch the entire interview with Cardinal Keeler below
Let's go to Portugal now, where Fatima’s Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be among the youngest saints canonized in the history of the Church.
Last week, Pope Francis issued a decree paving the way for the canonization of two of the Fatima visionaries, brother and sister Francesco and Jacinta Marto. Though an official date has not yet been released by the Vatican, its wildly speculated that the Pope may canonize the two shepherd children during his visit to Fatima in May. The announcement came Thursday morning, after the pope met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and authorized the congregation to issue a decree regarding the 2nd miracle attributed to the intercession of the two shepherd children, which was needed for their canonization.
During that meeting, the pope also advanced 6 other causes, approving one other miracle, two causes for martyrdom and three of heroic virtue.
And that is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more of the latest news and stories through the perspectives of a catholic lens.
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