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This morning the Pope celebrated the Chrism Mass at St.Peter’s Bascilica in Rome. The Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year. It takes its name from the blessing of the holy oils used in the sacraments throughout the upcoming year. Now during the Mass, the Pope told all the priests who were present, that Jesus could have been a scribe or a doctor of the law but instead, he chose to be an evangelizer, a street preacher to bring the good news to his people.
Also today from Rome, the Pope begun the Easter Triduum by celebrating Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Regina Coeli prison, where he washed the feet of 12 inmates in an act of humility, a sign of love, that he has done since the beginning of his pontificate.
Before the Mass the Pope visited sick inmates in the prison infirmary then after Mass spent time with some inmates in the prison's isolation ward. As a parting gift in memory of his visit to the prison, the Pope offered the altar which he celebrated the mass on and also a bronze statue from the sculptor Fiorenzo Bacci, that depicts Jesus as the Good Shepherd who goes out to seek the lost sheep.
Now just a reminder, we are broadcasting the events of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum from Rome, with live commentary on our network and online and for all the details, you can visit our website.
Lastly tonight, from here in Toronto, the Archbishop of Gatineau, Archbishop Paul Durocher was in town recently, to open a new exhibit at the University of St.Michael’s college entitled: “Love Your Neighbour as Yourself - Catholic Social Teaching in Toronto”
Before the exhibit oficially opened, the Archbishop gave an enlightening talk to a crowd of over 300 people on the theme: "Echo Chamber or Megaphone - The Church in Canada and the Prophetic Voice of Pope Francis".
The exhibit itself is a celebration of human dignity and the common good that explores, the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Items on display include many rare materials from the Kelly Library Special Collections, and from the archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Loretto Sisters, and the Basilian Fathers.
Now the exhibit is open to the public and free of charge at the John M. Kelly Library, but closes on June 8th so you should come out to see it sooner rather than later.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again on Easter Monday, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens.