PAPAL LETTER TO THE PILGRIM PEOPLE OF GOD IN CHILE
On May 31, Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke announced that the weekend of June 1-3, Pope Francis would host a group of Chilean priests at the Santa Marta residence. He added that, “With the aim of going forward with the process of reparation and healing of the victims of abuse, once again in coming days Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Jordi Bertomeu will go to Chile, this time on a mission in the diocese of Osorno, in agreement with Pope Francis.”
That press office statement also announced that, “In the meantime, as he had promised the bishops of Chile, the Holy Father will send the president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile a letter personally written by him and addressed to the People of Chile.”
Following is CNA’s translation of the full text of Pope Francis’ May 31 letter: To the Pilgrim People of God in Chile (you may have to cut and paste link if it is not working):
IN MEMORIAM: 74 YEARS AFTER NORMANDY
I offer this column from Aleteia as a tribute to all those who died in Normandy 74 years ago, to those chaplains who prayed with men of all faiths who knew they might die yet hoped they would not die, but in particular I offer this as a tribute to those men who, when they knelt down, knew precisely why they were on their knees!
Aleteia: These incredible images remind us of the brave sacrifice of thousands and the important role of chaplains and priests during the aftermath.
Seventy-four years after the Allied invasion of Normandy, we remember and honor those who served during the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Chaplains and Catholic priests played an important role in providing essential spiritual and psychological guidance during the days and weeks that followed. Unarmed, they courageously put themselves on the front lines to say Mass, offer pastoral care for active and wounded soldiers, and provide last rites for the dying and prayers for those killed.
Click “Launch the slideshow” on the link below to see some incredible photos from D-Day and brave chaplains and priests who served during the aftermath: