Let go to France now, where the head of the French bishops' conference welcomed the recent election of President-elect Emmanuel Macron, and hopes that the June legislative elections will not place the country "in an ungovernable situation."
Archbishop Georges Pontier
, president of the French bishops' conference, told Vatican Radio that French Catholics are "divided like the rest of French society, and that we must hope that he succeeds for the good of the country, otherwise it will be catastrophic,"
"Priorities, the archbishop said, for the new french president, must include a fight against unemployment, as well as the necessity of staying in Europe.
In a joint declaration published May 5, 38 Catholic organizations in that country urged voters not to support the other presidential-candidate Marine LePen
, and warned that her party poses "a danger to democracy, social peace and Europe's future."
Last week, US President Donald Trump
signed an executive order on religious freedom which begins the process of alleviating the Health and Human Services mandate, a mandate that required religious employers in the US to provide coverage of artificial birth control for their employees even if they morally oppose it. President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo
talks to CNS about his thoughts of this event, his meeting with the US President and the content of the executive order. Let’s have a look
This Friday, The Pope will celebrate the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima
, with a two-day pilgrimage to the site where Mary first appeared to three shepherd children on May 13, 1917.
Some highlights of the 2 day trip include
A 4:35pm meeting with the President of the Republic in the Monte Real air base, then the arrival at the Fatima stadium by 5:30pm. At 6:15 The Pope will visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions followed by a blessing of the Candles from the Chapel of the Apparitions at 9:30pm. Greetings from the Holy Father and a recital of the Holy Rosary will conclude the day.
On the next day, a meeting with the Prime Minister is scheduled at 9:10 am followed by a visit to the Basilica. At 10am, Mass at the churchyard of the Fatima Shrine along with The Holy Father’s homily and greetings to the sick. Lunch will be at 12:30 with the bishops of Portugal followed by a farewell ceremony at the Monte Real air base at 2:45. Departure back to Rome is set for 3pm.
Of course, we will broadcast events of this trip on the network so be sure to check our online schedule for broadcast details and times
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