POPE CANCELS DAILY SCHEDULE DUE TO KNEE PAIN – PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES SHOW SOLIDARITY IN UKRAINE

EWTN had a terrific meeting and light buffet lunch today with our CEO Michael Warsaw. The Rome bureau staff was present on our rooftop terrace and shared ideas with Michael under a splendid spring sun as he spoke to us of plans for the network in Alabama, Rome and around the world. It was wonderful to see him again as his last visit was 2019, so pre-Covid. I really enjoyed catching up with him.

POPE CANCELS DAILY SCHEDULE DUE TO KNEE PAIN

The press office put out a note today saying that “because of his continuing knee pain, and on the advice of his doctor, Pope Francis interrupted his activity scheduled for today, including participating in a meeting of the Council of Cardinals who just began a new session in recent days.”

PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES SHOW SOLIDARITY IN UKRAINE

The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, traveled to Ukraine during Holy Week there, to offer the Church’s solidarity with the suffering people there by being present in listening, visiting and praying together them.

By Sr. Bernadette Reis and Vatican News staff writer
Video and photos courtesy of Pontifical Mission Society, USA

Expressing a solidarity of presence with the people of Ukraine, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, traveled to the war-torn nation for Holy Week and Easter (according to the Julian calendar). He met with the people and local Church leaders to offer personally the Church’s solidarity through humanitarian support, visits to families and participation together in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies in Lviv and Kyiv.

The role of the Pontifical Mission Societies is to support the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church and the work and witness of mission priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders. These missionaries also provide food, education and medical care to the most vulnerable communities and, through their work, witness to the compassionate heart of Jesus.

Solidarity of presence

Msgr. Harrington’s visit during the summit of the Eastern Church’s liturgical calendar recalled in a poignant way the suffering of Jesus manifested in the faces of the local people trying to recover from lost loved ones killed in the fighting, the ongoing conflict and precarious humanitarian conditions. In an interview with Vatican News, he described the visit as responding to the call Pope Francis expressed in his  Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti which speaks about being near to others, “to touch and heal the wounds of others.” He said he wanted to be there to offer “a sense of real solidarity,” that went beyond providing material assistance, accompanying “the people in the midst of their suffering.”

Click here for more of this wonderful and inspiring story and some lovely photos: Pontifical Mission Societies shows solidarity in Ukraine visit – Vatican News