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Perspectives Daily: Pope Francis gives out 40,000 crucifixes

Fr. Matt Gworek

September 17, 2018
Vatican News/Amedeo Lomonaco
To mark the recent Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis gave a small crucifix to everyone present at the Angelus on Sunday, calling it "a sign of the love of God, who in Jesus gave his life for us."
Here are the stories that we covered on today's episode of Perspectives Daily:
  1. The Holy Father visited Palermo in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the killing of Blessed Fr. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi.
  2. At his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus' question "Who do you say that I am?" and gave out crucifixes to all in attendance.
  3. We remember all those affected by the major storms in the United States, the Philippines, and China.
In addition to those, here are some of the latest Catholic news stories from around the world making headlines today:
  • Vatican publishes list of synod participants, including papal nominees. The pope’s appointees to the Synod on young people, faith, and vocational discernment were announced and include Canadian Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec. In addition, two young people affiliated with Canada's Salt and Light Television were also named observers: Emilie Callan, who was a delegate to the pre-synod meeting, and Julian Paparella, a theology student.
  • Pope praises Capuchin order’s charism of authenticity, simplicity. In a meeting this past week, Pope Francis reminded members of the order that Capuchins are called to be men of peace, reconciliation, and prayer and to be close to all people.
  • V Encuentro to be an 'expression of community'. The four-year nationwide consultations with the Hispanic Catholic community will culminate at the national V Encuentro on September 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas, as delegates from around the United States gather to form a collective Hispanic Catholic voice.
  • Dutch bishops demand clarity and truth regarding abuse cases. A Dutch newspaper has published a list of the names of bishops and cardinals allegedly involved in covering up clerical sex abuse or abusing minors. The cases in question, however, have already been dealt with in the past thanks to investigations commissioned by the Church itself.
  • 'Just a color'. In a video from Catholic News Service, a bicultural family in Washington, DC, discusses current racial tension, what it’s like to grow up black and white, and their love for one another.
  • Mozambican President visits Pope Francis. Pope Francis received the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, who was accompanied to the Vatican by First Lady, Isaura Nyusi, and other Mozambican government officials.
That's it for today. Be sure to check in with us again tomorrow for more of the latest Catholic news and stories that you need to know.
You can always catch past episodes of Perspectives Daily on our website listed here.