We begin in Rome today where Pope Francis addressed the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s square for his weekly General Audience. He continued his catechesis reflection on the sacrament of Baptism saying that “Baptism is NOT a good luck charm but a gift from God, that enables Christians to overcome evil”. Here now is the summary from CNS.
Also from the General Audience, the Pope led prayers for the success of the upcoming inter-Korean summit, scheduled for this Friday.
In this historic encounter, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, are scheduled to meet in a village located, in the demilitarized zone, an area that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
We go to the Philippines now with a recent development in the story of the Australian nun who was arrested, detained then released last week by the government for allegedly participating in protests against the current administration.
71-year-old Sr. Patricia Fox, the Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, has been serving the poor communities of that country for the past 27 years. And now, the immigration bureau has revoked her missionary visa over what they call her involvement in "political activities." A statement released today by Philippine Immigration Commissioner, Jaime Morente said, "She was found to have engaged in activities not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa."
As a result, Sister Patricia has now been ordered to leave the Philippines within 30 days. The nun told local media that her lawyers will file a motion to challenge the decision. I’ll keep you up-to-date, along with a statement from the Philippine Catholic Bishops, as soon as it becomes available.
And finally, World Youth Day in Panama is just over eight months away and one of the big attractions of the event is, of course, the Youth festival. We have for you now a sneak peek from the WYD organizers to tell us what's in store for youth pilgrims on this edition of World Youth Day Minute.
And 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.
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