Saturday, February 26, 2011

32e Salon du Livre de l'Outaouais - Praying in Capernaum, Nazareth (Domus Galilaeae, Part III)

Last evening, I attended the Salon du Livre de l'Outaouais in the Palais des Congres in Gatineau (February 24-27).

There were large crowds, with book-signing sessions and open-mic discussions of all sorts of topics, such as the subjects implied in the writings of the religious prize winners:

There was also a special presentation in honour of the 75th Anniversary of NOVAIS, publisher of missalettes, religious books, sacramental preparation programs, etc.

Archbishop Roger Ebacher and I were invited to take part in conferring prizes on the winners and to say a few words to mark the occasion.


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Capernaum: Centre of Jesus' Ministry

During the Neo-Catechumenal Way's seminar for bishops, we travelled on the third day to nearby Capernaum, the base town of Jesus' Galilean ministry, which operated out of the house of Simon Peter. 

Entrance to the archaeological site of Capernaum

The synagogue where Jesus healed the demoniac (Mark 1:21-28)

The archaeological remains next to Simon Peter's house, over which the octagonal church was built

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, Venezula presided at this Mass celebrated in Spanish

Father Isidoro Tomasoni, smm, priest responsible for the Way in Canada

A Visit to the Grotto of the Annunciation in the Basilica in Nazareth, followed by a luncheon in a restaurant nearby, completed our pilgrim outing.

Some Canadian bishops at the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth (left to right: Bishops Jean-Louis Plouffe, Richard Grecco, Terrence Prendergast, Brian Dunn, William McGrattan) 

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