Strange but true: The Italian edition of Vanity Fair recently named Pope Francis “Man of the Year”, with glowing testimonials by, among others, Elton John: "Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity. … The Pope seems to want to take the Church back to the old values of Christ and, at the same time, bring it into the 21st century," he said.
This year of Faith marks the 50th anniversary of opening of the Second Vatican Council. Learn more about it from the Canadian Bishops Conference:
For the first time, I am attaching one of my homilies, this one from September 2006, given a few days after the death of our parishioner Anastasia De Sousa. This is in response to the death of the children and others last week in Connecticut. Perhaps some of what I said that day will be helpful to someone. We don’t know the “why” of these events, except on a superficial level, but we know the “what”: what do I do in response? And that, as I said at Anastasia’s funeral a few days later, is to work together to build a civilization of love, beginning in our homes and our communities. The Holy Father said that the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love is what triumphs over violence and evil.
Homily September 2006: http://www.holynameofjesus.ca/parish/document/download/296
Msgr Frank Leo, former Vatican diplomat and now a director of the Seminary, has visited Holy Name of Jesus over the years. Here he is giving a tour of the Grand Seminary to CTV News: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/
Next Sunday afternoon a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha will take place at St. Joseph’s Oratory, presided by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte. Seating at the basilica is limited to less than 1800 places and access passes will be required. In addition, the crypt (800 seats) will be open to all.
Download the poster: www.diocesemontreal.org/tl_files/actualite/manchettes/2012-10/poster-Kateri-4Nov-bilingue.pdf
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