We begin in Rome today, where after Pope Francis' weekly public recitation of the Regina Coeli, he focused his reflection on the Solemnity of the Ascension and also prayed for victims of church bombings in Indonesia.
Caritas International is promoting a worldwide “Week of Action” next month to encourage communities to meet, and to share a meal with migrants and refugees.
This Global Week of Action starting on June 17th is the Catholic Charity’s response to the Pope’s call to promote the “culture of encounter”, and will offer opportunities for communities and migrants to come together. Caritas organizations will promote meals, events and other activities to help communities understand the causes of migration with the ultimate aim to bring people together and to make communities stronger.
And for more information on that campaign, you can visit the website listed below.
And speaking of Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, a division of Caritas International, is celebrating its 75th anniversary as one of the leading humanitarian and development organizations in the world.
Caritas President, Cardinal Luis Tagle, has this message.
To the US now where the Knights of Columbus are preparing for their upcoming Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for Military Personnel which happens this week. The Knights partnered with the Archdiocese for Military Services to sponsor 200 warrior pilgrims, and family members to pilgrimage to Lourdes. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson explains.
The pilgrimage takes place this week starting on the 17th and I’ll have some images for you as they become available.
And finally, you may remember that last November, the Pope was given a white Lamborghini by the Italian automaker as a gift in order to be auctioned off to help several charities close to the Pope’s heart. Well, it seems that the one-of-a-kind white and gold Lamborghini in Vatican colours with the Pope’s autograph and blessing, sold at a Sotheby's auction last week for close to a million dollars.
The proceeds, the Vatican said, will be given to the Pope, who already has chosen to fund three projects: the resettlement of Christians in Iraq; support for women rescued from human trafficking; and assistance to the suffering in Africa.
Part of the proceeds from the auction will go to Aid-to-the-Church-in-Need, a charity which is working to rebuild homes that were destroyed by the Islamic State in Iraqi.
This is not the first time that Pope Francis has auctioned off an exotic gift given to him for charity. Back in 2014, he auctioned off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that fetched over $327,000, that he donated to a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in Rome.
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.