Pope Francis announces John Paul II will be WYD patron saint during celebrations marking 29th World Youth Day
The 29th World Youth Day was celebrated on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 13, 2014, both in Rome and in dioceses around the world. The Message by the Holy Father was on the theme "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5.3). During the Mass in Saint Peter's Square, the Pope announced that Blessed John Paul II, who will be canonized this coming April 27, will be the patron saint for World Youth Days. Pope Francis also confirmed that he will meet with Asian youth on August 15, 2014, as part of his apostolic visit to South Korea.
Link to the Holy Father's Message
‘LET US BE EASTER PEOPLE’ - Message for Easter by CCCB President
Life is stronger than death! This is the fundamental conviction of my Christian faith. It is based on a fact: Jesus' disciples were radically transformed only a few days after his death.
Let's put ourselves in their place. The one in whom they had hoped has died, and his death was shameful. Accused of encouraging revolt against the government, Jesus was tortured, publicly humiliated, and crucified like a most vile criminal. A phrase from the Jewish Scriptures must have haunted them: "Anyone hung on a tree is under God's curse" (Deuteronomy 21.23).
‘The Francis Effect’: a Salt + Light TV documentary
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), the Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV will feature the premiere of its new documentary on the Holy Father, titled The Francis Effect. The documentary includes interviews with a number of Bishops, including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Link to watch a preview of the documentary
Pope praises police-Church network to stop trafficking, meets victims
Catholic News Service (CNS) has issued a news story on the recent International Conference on Combatting Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement in Partnership, which was held in Vatican City, April 9-10, 2014. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), participated in the meeting which brought together representatives of the Church and of police services from around the world. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were represented by Inspector Andre Gauthier from its International Liaison Coordination Center - Human Smuggling Project Investigations.