We begin today in Rome where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly general audience and continued his catechesis on “Christian Hope”. He focused his talk on the figure of St Mary Magdalene. Here’s now is the summary.
And of course you can watch the entire General Audience tomorrow evening after Perspectives Daily here on Salt and Light TV
Now with World Youth Day in Panama just 8 months away, organizers of the event have just released the official logo that depicts symbols for Mary, Panama and the Panama Canal in a design, that was chosen from 103 submitted entries.
Introducing the logo, Archbishop Jose Mendieta of Panama said the design captures the message we wish to send to the youth of the world: the smallness of our country and the greatness of our heart.The design is shaped like a heart with two shades of blue and a red cross. The artwork includes a silhouette of Mary at the moment she said, "Thy will be done". The Panama Canal flows through Mary, symbolizing the pilgrim's path through Mary to Jesus. The red cross, is an image of the Pilgrim Cross.
The Isthmus of Panama, is represented across the top of the design in the shape of a stylized "M." The image refers to the Panamanian theme, "Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe." It also suggests the name of Mary and her motherly heart that leads the pilgrim to Jesus. And within the image of Panama and above Mary's head you'll see five small white dots that represent her crown as well as the fact that pilgrims will travel to the event from five continents outside of North America.
This official logo will now appear on all World Youth Day materials, handouts, social media and websites.
Now here in Canada, to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, presided over a Eucharistic celebration at the Notre-Dame Basilica earlier this morning.
The Mass was attended by a number of Bishops from Quebec and other parts of Canada, including the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton. A number of other political dignitaries were also present, including the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Quebec- Philippe Couillard, and the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre.
Now, 15 mins before the Mass started,the oldest bell of Saint Joseph Oratory began a peal of bell ringing from all Montreal's churches, signaling the celebration of the founding of Ville-Marie on 17 May, 375 years ago.
And that's it for Perspectives Daily today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you more news and stories through the Perspectives of a catholic lens.