Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

Christians need to actively engage modern culture with "the profound wisdom of our faith tradition" to combat the emptiness and loneliness in our modern world, said Cardinal Thomas Collins.
October 25, 2017

Italy Pilgrimage 2018

The Catholic Register is turning 125 next year and we want you to celebrate with us in Italy.


To mark our special anniversary, The Register will lead a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Florence and Orvieto. You are invited to join us.

The theme of the pilgrimage will be an exploration of the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, who, of course, took his papal name in honour of the saint.

A highlight of our trip will be an opportunity to attend Mass on Pentecost Sunday at St. Peter’s Basilica, at which Pope Francis is expected to preside.

We will depart from Toronto on May 18 and return on May 28.

We are blessed to have Msgr. Owen Keenan as the spiritual leader of our group. Msgr. Keenan lived for several years in Rome and served in the Vatican at the Secretariat of State under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He is a Chaplain to His Holiness. Currently the pastor at Merciful Redeemer Parish in Mississauga, Msgr. Keenan brings a wealth of knowledge about the Vatican.

Our program facilitator is Kitty McGilly, whose Faith Journeys tour company has been leading pilgrimages for 25 years. She is a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, an honour bestowed on her by the Vatican in recognition of her many years of work on behalf of the Church.

Our tour operator is Gideon Travel and Tours, a good friend of The Register and an advertiser in our paper for more than 50 years.

In addition to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, we will have a second opportunity to be in the presence of Pope Francis during his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square. We will stay in a hotel near the Vatican museum that is a short walk from St. Peter’s Square.

You can find complete details and how to register for the pilgrimage in our pilgrimage brochure.

Or for more information or to register today, please contact Gideon Travel and Tours. You can reach their representatives by phone (416-626-5533), by email (tours@gideontravel.com) or visit their website (gideontravel.com/catholic-register-pilgrimage).

Space is limited, so act today to ensure you don't miss out on this special event.

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News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

CHURCH ‘SHAKEN’: The Catholic Church in Australia has been “shaken to the core” over the abuse scandal and is facing the biggest crisis in its history, the Archbishop of Brisbane has said.

Mark Coleridge, vice-president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, was speaking Oct. 9 after visiting Rome with fellow Australian bishops for talks about the fallout of the clerical sexual abuse crisis which has been the focus of an Australian royal commission.

The scandal widened when police in June charged Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer and former Archbishop of Sydney, with historic sexual offences. Pell has taken a leave of absence while he seeks to clear his name.

RECTOR LEAVES: The Legionaries of Christ pledged its ongoing commitment to reform as it released information about a former rector who has publicly acknowledged being the father of two children.

Legionaries’ Fr. Oscar Turrion, who has served as rector of the order’s seminary in Rome since 2014, informed his superiors of “his intention to leave priestly ministry” in light of the revela-tions, the order said in a statement Oct. 6.

Turrion, who also released his own letter describing the affair, offered his apologies and asked for prayers.

AGENCIES GUIDE: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto has published a 24-page booklet listing social service agencies to help parishes respond to families in need.

Cardinal Thomas Collins specifically links the booklet, titled Outreach in Justice and Love: A Social Services Resource, with his hopes for parishes to develop comprehensive pastoral plans.

For a copy, call (416) 934-3401

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

CHURCH ‘SHAKEN’: The Catholic Church in Australia has been “shaken to the core” over the abuse scandal and is facing the biggest crisis in its history, the Archbishop of Brisbane has said.

Mark Coleridge, vice-president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, was speaking Oct. 9 after visiting Rome with fellow Australian bishops for talks about the fallout of the clerical sexual abuse crisis which has been the focus of an Australian royal commission.

The scandal widened when police in June charged Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer and former Archbishop of Sydney, with historic sexual offences. Pell has taken a leave of absence while he seeks to clear his name.

RECTOR LEAVES: The Legionaries of Christ pledged its ongoing commitment to reform as it released information about a former rector who has publicly acknowledged being the father of two children.

Legionaries’ Fr. Oscar Turrion, who has served as rector of the order’s seminary in Rome since 2014, informed his superiors of “his intention to leave priestly ministry” in light of the revela-tions, the order said in a statement Oct. 6.

Turrion, who also released his own letter describing the affair, offered his apologies and asked for prayers.

AGENCIES GUIDE: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto has published a 24-page booklet listing social service agencies to help parishes respond to families in need.

Cardinal Thomas Collins specifically links the booklet, titled Outreach in Justice and Love: A Social Services Resource, with his hopes for parishes to develop comprehensive pastoral plans.

For a copy, call (416) 934-3401

Thousands of people joined the Life Chain peaceful protest against abortion on Oct. 1 at more than 200 street corners across Canada.

Pro-life activist Mary Wagner will not face any more jail time, an Ontario court has ruled.

The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce our new Youth Speak News team for 2017-2018. These 12 young people were selected from a very qualified number of applicants to The Register’s successful YSN program.