Yesterday, Pope Francis conferred episcopal ordination on three members of the papal diplomatic corps at St Peter’s Basilica, one of whom is Canadian Msgr. José Bettencourt, who hails from the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
During his homily, the Pope reminded the new Archbishops that Prayer is a Bishop's first task. And that, “A Bishop who does not pray, does not accomplish his duty, and does not fulfill his vocation.” Pope Francis also added that they “have not been chosen for other things; not for other business; not for worldliness; not for politics, and therefore they must flee from the temptation of becoming princes."
Msgr. José Bettencourt who was ordained a priest in 1993 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa, was appointed Titular Archbishop of Aemona and was named Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia and Armenia on 26 February 2018.
If you missed our LIVE broadcast of this event, you can find it HERE
To Montreal now where Archbishop Christian Lépine is inviting all young people to join him in the annual Diocesan celebration of World Youth Day, this Saturday.
Last year’s celebration attracted more than 1,700 participants.
In recent reference to the 2019 International World Youth Day to be held in Panama, Pope Francis delivered a clear and impassioned message: “I fervently hope that you, young people will continue to press forward, not only cherishing the memory of the past but also with courage in the present and hope for the future.”
There will be many exciting events throughout the city of Montreal starting at 12 pm this Saturday, with a Youth Festival at Santa Cruz Mission, ending at 5 pm at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral where there will be a moment of the commemoration of the Passion of Christ. The Archdiocese of Montreal is delighted to invite people of all ages to join in this celebration of youth and faith. For more details, you can visit their website listed below.
The Vatican announced today that the Pope will once again celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison, and will wash the feet of 12 inmates as he has done, since the beginning of his pontificate.
This year, the pope will celebrate the evening Mass on March 29 at Rome's Regina Coeli prison, a mile away from St.Peter’s. But before the event, he will visit and spend time with sick inmates in the prison infirmary, the Vatican statement said.
Afterward, the Pope will meet some inmates in the prison's Section 8, a protected section of the prison for inmates convicted of sexual crimes and other inmates who could be in danger in the general population.
A former convent built in the 1600s, Regina Coeli, has operated as a prison since the 1890s and currently has more than 900 inmates, of which more than half are non-Italians.
And finally tonight, if you are a movie junky like me, you’ll be happy to know that coming this Friday, in theatres across Canada, is the release of the much-anticipated film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ”. The producers and cast of the film talk about the significance and importance of the message of the film since, many parallels can be drawn between how Christians are being persecuted today, as they were during the time of St. Paul. Have a look:
For a more in-depth conversation and insight to the film, be sure to watch WITNESS with Fr. Rosica this Sunday as he sits down with the film producers, Eric Groth and TJ Berden here on Salt and Light TV. And as for the film’s premiere, be sure to check your local listings for the showtimes at your favourite theatre.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic Lens.