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An interview ith Pope Francis from a Jesuit magazine:
There was huge delight at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Portree on Sunday (18th August 2013), when Mrs Anne Morrison (80), of Uig, was awarded with a Papal Bene Merenti medal. The award of Bene Merenti is the highest award given to a member of the non-clergy from the Vatican. Mrs Morrison , received the award in recognition of her outstanding service to her local parish church and community. The presentation was made on behalf of Pope Francis by Bishop Joseph Toal of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.
VATICAN CITY (CNS)
Here is Pope Francis' schedule for Holy Week and Easter:
-- March 5-10: Lenten retreat with officials from the Roman Curia in Ariccia, outside Rome.
-- March 17: Penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica.
-- March 25: Pastoral visit to Milan where he was scheduled to visit the Duomo and a prison, celebrate an outdoor Mass and meet with young people recently confirmed and preparing for confirmation.
-- April 2: Pastoral visit to northern Italian town of Carpi.
-- April 9: Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.
-- April 13: Holy Thursday, morning chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper with foot washing at a still-unannounced location as of March 3.
-- April 14: Good Friday afternoon liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica. Nighttime Way of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum.
-- April 15: Easter vigil at 8:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica.
-- April 16: Easter morning Mass in St. Peter's Square, followed by the papal blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world)...
Stop prejudice, forgive sins of past, pope urges Christians
Serious research on Martin Luther can help heal relations between Catholics and Protestants, highlight what was legitimate about the Reformation and pinpoint the errors and sins that led to the division of the church, Pope Francis said.
"Today, as Christians, all of us are called to put behind us all prejudice toward the faith that others profess with a different emphasis or language, to offer one another forgiveness for the sins committed by those who have gone before us, and together to implore from God the gift of reconciliation and unity," he said.