Greeting the thousands of pilgrims who gathered at St.Peter’s square for his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Baptism. In his reflection, he said that: "Baptism immerses us in the mystery of Christ’s death and rising to new life. God never disowns his children. He loves us so much like a father.. and does not leave us alone." Here now is a quick summary from CNS.
Also, during the General Audience, the Pope made another appeal for peace in Syria as the situation in the Middle East becomes more complex.
“I invite you”, the pope said, “to cultivate the devotion to the Mother of God with the daily recitation of the Rosary, praying in a special way for peace in Syria and in the entire world”
Now here in Canada tens of thousands of people will come to the country’s capital tomorrow to partake in the annual National March for Life Rally.
This Rally draws many thousands to Ottawa to protest, to march, and to pray for an end to artificial “End-of-Life” policies. The theme for this year's Rally is “ ALL IN” to defend human life at all its stages and to speak the truth in the face of adversity. “ALL IN”... without exceptions.. without excuses.. and without compromises. In addition to the Ottawa event, there will also be marches held in many provincial legislatures across the country.
We will have a Salt + Light crew on the ground to cover tomorrow's events, so be sure to stay tuned as I’ll have some highlights for you in the coming days. But, if you’d like to attend the march or just want details on a rally in your province, you can visit the website listed below.
As thousands across the country get ready to demand that the Canadian government uphold the right to life, a new Knights of Columbus survey just released today is showing that Canadians in general, are strongly opposed to the abortion attestation requirement in the federal Summer Jobs funding Program.
Among the many interesting findings, it also concludes that about two-thirds of Canadians would also limit abortion to at the most, the first three months of pregnancy.
The poll survey was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and was conducted by StrategyOne in both English and French. Respondents were nationally representative based on age, gender, ethnicity, income, and region and all participants were eligible to vote in Canada. If you’d like to read the entire details, you can download the extensive report on the Knights of Columbus website listed below.
And finally tonight, with all the pro-life activities happening this month, it helps to take a moment and reflect on what it truly means to be Pro-Life and the duties and obligations that come with that cause.
On the Salt and Light blog, Fr. Tom Rosica helps us with that reflection with a series of articles that reminds us that to be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good.
On another post, Fr. Rosica reminds us that marching for a clear, firm and passionate defense of all human life, is not only the concern of the far right of the political spectrum but a burning issue that must be high on the agenda of every human being on every side of the political spectrum.
I invite you to visit our blog site for these and for many other articles. It’s a great resource for all things Catholic.
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.