Perspectives Daily - The Pope's Message to the People of Carpi

Noel Ocol

Monday, April 3, 2017

We begin today, with an Easter message from the President of the CCCB, Bishop Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton. In his Easter address to Canadians, Bishop Crosby brings the message of hope for those on the peripheries of society, for governments, for the Church and for everyone striving to lead a holy life. Here’s a quick preview of his Easter message..
And the entire video message is available on our website listed here
"There are those who remain buried in the rubble of life, and there are those like you, who with the help of God, rise from the rubble to rebuild.” That was the message from Pope Francis to the tens of thousands of people who greeted him this Sunday, during his apostolic visit to the Northern Italian Region devastated by earthquakes five years ago.
During his day-long visit, the Pope first stopped at the Duomo cathedral of Carpi, where he laid flowers at the foot of a statue of the Madonna and celebrated an open-air Mass with an estimated 20,000 people who gathered in the piazza with another 50,000 people watching on large screens throughout the city. Afterwards, the Pope met with families who lost loved ones in the quake and spoke with with priests, nuns and seminarians at the seminary chapel.
The archbishop of Carpi, Monsignor Francesco Cavina, told media that the papal visit was meant to be a sign of gratitude for the rebuilding and also as a sign of hope that rebuilding is possible for all the peoples of central Italy, who also suffered from the tragedy.
And for a detailed summary of the Pope’s trip and his speeches from the day, you can visit our blog site listed below.
The Pope has just completed his trip to Carpi and already his apostolic journey to Egypt is garnering a lot of excitement. The Catholic Church in Egypt has just released the logo for this historic trip which takes place later this month.
Three main elements present in the logo are Egypt, Pope Francis, and Peace. “Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace” are the words in Arabic and English at the base of the logo. Egypt is represented by the Nile River – a symbol of life – as well as by the pyramids and the Sphinx, which highlight the long history of civilization in this African country. The Cross and Crescent Moon at the center of the logo represent the coexistence between the various components of the Egyptian people.
A white dove signifies peace, which is both the highest gift to which every human being can aspire and the greeting of monotheistic religions. Finally, the dove precedes Pope Francis to announce his arrival as the Pope of Peace in a country of peace.
Details on the Pope’s upcoming trip, are now just starting to come out. But tune in tomorrow and I’ll bring you the complete programme and schedule for his trip to Egypt.
Before leaving for his trip to Carpi, the Pope continued his 'Mercy Friday' practice, with a surprise visit to a center for the blind, teaching us that works of mercy aren’t just for special occasions.
CNS reported that Pope Francis has returned to making Friday-afternoon visits to people in need, a practice he developed during the Year of Mercy. Last Friday, the Pope chose to visit the Sant Alessio-Margherita di Savoia Regional Center for the Blind in Rome where he spent over two hours listening and talking to residents of the facility. The Pope also spent time with over 50 children who attend the centre to receive practical training in life skills.
According to a statement from the Vatican, the Pope wanted to make this visit a “follow-up” to the private visits of the past year during the Year of Mercy Jubilee.
And finally tonight. If a visit to the Holy Land is on your bucket list, You'll be happy to know that we're planning another Salt and Light Pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming October.
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And that is all that we have time for today. Join us again next week when we bring you more of the latest news and stories through the Perspectives of a catholic lens. From all of us here at the Salt and Light Studio, thank you for joining us and we see you again on tomorrow.

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