We begin in Rome today where the Pope urged Christians to live their lives with love and to bear witness to Christ in everything they do.
Addressing the crowds who gathered at St. Peter’s Square yesterday, the Pope reflected on the Gospel reading, which tells us of the moment that Jesus presents himself as the true vine, and invites us to remain united with Him in order to bear fruit. The Pope said the secret of Christian life lies in this binding relationship with Jesus Christ. “One must remain with the Lord in order to find the courage to go out of ourselves, out of our comfort zones, out of our narrow and protected spaces” he said, in order to go forth into the “open sea made up of the needs of others” and bear witness to our Christian vocation.
In Canada, Pope Francis has united 2 dioceses into one, here in the province of Ontario.
On Friday, the Vatican announced that the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall would be joined under the leadership of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, the Archbishop of Ottawa.
The last bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall, Bishop Marcel Damphousse, was named bishop of Sault Sainte Marie in November 2015 after which, Archbishop Prendergast has been acting as the apostolic administrator of that diocese.
The Catholic community in Alexandria-Cornwall has approximately 64,000 Catholics in the diocese of 25 parishes. Ten of the parishes do not have a resident priest but the diocese does have 15 permanent deacons and four seminarians studying for the priesthood.
In Korea, the Korean bishops welcome the positive outcome of the "Two Koreas" Summit last Friday that saw the offer of North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons if the United States promises not to attack. This Report now from Vatican News.
It has now been a full week since the terrible massacre here in Toronto, and the city is still trying to heal its wounds and mourn the loss of the 10 people who were killed and the 12 others injured after being intentionally run over by a van last Monday.
There were many prayer vigils in Catholic churches throughout the city last week, but yesterday evening, the site of the van attack was transformed into a place of mourning as many thousands of people gathered at a vigil for the victims.
Many religious leaders of multiple faiths led the ecumenical prayer services and songs.
The event was attended by Toronto Archbishop, Cardinal Collins, and by Prime minister Trudeau and other political leaders and dignitaries. I leave you tonight, with some of the touching and moving images from the event.
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.