Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 3, 2020
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Italy Returns to Masses
As of last week, lockdown restrictions have been almost fully lifted in Italy. Shops, restaurants and cafés are reopening. Italians can now see friends, family, and colleagues freely, with some local discretion being exercised by each region. Churches are also now in “phase 2” of re-opening. In one of the oldest basilicas in Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere, built in the 4th century, the first Mass was just held after almost three months of the nation-wide lockdown. Joan Lewis joins us with a report.
4:40 – St Charles Lwanga and the Ugandan Martyrs
Today is the feast of St Charles Lwanga and his companions, who were martyred in Uganda in the late 19th century. Charles lived during harsh persecution by Ugandan King Mwanga, serving in the king’s court to protect the young pages in the palace. As he was being burnt to death, he told his executioners “It is as if you are pouring water on me. Please repent and become a Christian like me.” Dr Camille Lewis Brown joins us.
5:00 – Ecumenism: The Quest for True Christian Unity
St John Paul II wrote an encyclical called Ut Unum Sint, or – That They May Be One. Its focus was Christian reunion – he knew division in the body of Christ was an impediment to the expression of the Gospel. Dr Mary Healy joins us to talk about what ecumenism looks like today for Catholics and other Christians.