Today the Church honours Saint Peter, the first pope and Saint Paul of Tarsus, who was responsible for a considerable portion of the New Testament.
Simon Peter (d. AD 67), was the son of John or of Jonah and was from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee. His brother Andrew was also an Apostle.
Paul the Apostle, (c. AD 5 – c. AD 67), was one of the most influential first century Christian missionaries. His influence on Christian thinking has been extremely important due to his role as a prominent disciple of Christ during the spreading of the Gospel through early Christian communities throughout the Roman Empire.
The Trappist monks of the Tre Fontane (Three Fountains) Abbey raise the lambs whose wool is used to make the pallia for new metropolitan archbishops. Though the lamb’s wool is blessed by the Pope on the Feast of Saint Agnes (January 21), the Pope presents the pallia to the archbishops on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
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Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them you gave your Church the foundations of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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DEPARTURE FOR SHERBROOKE
Yesterday, I journeyed to join Famille Marie-Jeunesse in Sherbrooke for their annual youth gathering, returning on Saturday. It began Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday at noon.
Mgr Luc Cyr, the new archbishop of Sherbrooke is in Rome with Archbishops Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Christian Lepine of Montreal and forty-three other metropolitan archbishops from around the world to receive the pallium from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
Here is a brief description of the rally from the FMJ website:
Tu veux partir l'été du bon pied?
Sous un immense chapiteau, au début de l'été, les chants s'élèvent en même temps que les sourires... c'est le Concile des jeunes de la Famille Marie-Jeunesse. Quatre jours durant l'été avec plus de 350 jeunes pour se dynamiser à la suite du Christ!
Se laisser enseigner par des témoins de Dieu
Découvrir le visage du Christ à travers les différents ateliers
Goûter sa miséricorde lors de la grande soirée du vendredi
Rire ensemble et s'amuser par la louange, le sport et la grande pièce de théâtre
Partager l'amitié et la joie de croire en Jésus
Le Concile des jeunes n'est rien de moins qu'une descente au niveau de cœur...Tu veux partir l'été du bon pied?