Archbishop Terrence Prendergast greeting some of those gathered after Vespers on 11 October 2012

Archbishop Prendergast presided at Vespers in Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa, yesterday evening to mark the beginning of the Year of Faith.  There was a good presence of pastors and other parish representatives.  Towards the end of the service, candles were lighted and the faith was professed using the Apostles Creed.

Yesterday, 11 October, was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.  I was pleased that the Archbishop, in his homily, acknowledged that the aftermath of Vatican II is not without contention.  The Archbishop encouraged us to “see the good” in those who hold different views than us.

How we face this tension is going to be important in the years ahead.  Thanks be to God we have Pope Benedict XVI who is leading the way in helping us to understand how to properly interpret the Conciliar teachings.  We must follow the Pope!

Some more – blurry! – photos from last night can be found here.

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Today, during the 40 Days for Life, students of Saint Paul University are covering the times on the vigil roster for praying at the abortion mill at 65 Bank Street Ottawa.  I’m about to head down there for my hour, and I’ll also be taking one of the slots for the proclamation of the scriptures.  During the 40 Days for Life here in Ottawa, the Bible is proclaimed from beginning to end at the abortion mill, as a sign that this is a prayerful campaign asking God to change hearts.