Today, November 2nd is All Souls Day - A day for Christians to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones. And the Pope celebrated this very special day fittingly, with Mass at a US military cemetery near Rome. This report now from CNS.
Now here’s an interesting story coming out of France. Our friends at Crux are reporting that the top administrative court in that country has ordered a cross be removed from the statue of Saint Pope John Paul II, in the city in France’s Brittany region.
The statue at the center of the controversy is a 25-foot tall statue of Saint JP II praying beneath an arch adorned with a large cross that was erected in the French city of Ploërmel in 2006. The high-court recently ordered the removal of the cross, stating that its “presence in a public location, is contrary to the law.” Since its arrival, the statue has been a source of controversy, drawing some criticism from locals and the secularist National Federation of Free Thought group, which campaigned for the statue’s removal.
In an interesting turn of events, the prime minister of Poland has offered to take the statue, publicly stating: “that secularization and the dictatorship of political correctness, which leads to terrorizing Europeans in their everyday life, is alien to our culture and religious censorship, and is undermining the values of Europe and is a nuisance to Europeans.” I will keep you up to date on this story as it unfolds.
And finally, while we Canadians are celebrating 150 years of Confederation, our local archdiocese here in Toronto, is celebrating 175 years of serving the pastoral and spiritual needs of Torontonians. Who better to explain the significance of this important milestone than our very own Cardinal Thomas Collins himself.
That is all for this week. Join us again on Monday when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.