We begin in Rome today where the Pope resumed his catechesis on the Holy Mass during his weekly General Audience at St. Peter's Square. "The Mass", the Pope said, "is the prayer par excellence. It’s the highest, the most sublime, and at the same time, the most ‘concrete’ encounter with the Lord.” Here now is the summary from CNS.
In other news from Rome, the Vatican has announced initiatives for the first World Day of the Poor. This Sunday, November 19th, marks the first World Day of the Poor, where a number of special events will take place in Rome throughout the week to highlight this annual initiative.
On Sunday morning at St Peter’s Basilica, the Pope will celebrate Mass with over 4,000 poor and homeless people, accompanied by volunteers from Italy, France, Spain, Brussels, Luxembourg and Poland. Following that, 1,500 of the visitors will be invited to a festive lunch at the Paul VI Hall, while the other 2,500 guests will have lunch at some of the Catholic colleges, seminaries and charitable organizations in the vicinity of the Vatican.
Throughout the week, a number of activities are planned including a mobile clinic that has been set up in front of St Peter’s Square, offering free specialized medical services for the poor.
We are now just under two weeks away from the Pope’s Apostolic trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. With the serious questions raised about the Myanmar government's treatment of the Rohingya people, we had a chance to talk to the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Italy, about the current situation of the thousands of Rohingya refugees that have fled to his country. Watch the video above to see what he has to say.
We will be broadcasting some of the events of this visit and I’ll bring you more details closer to the date.
That is all for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.