CatholicTV will air vespers service from the Vatican at 8PM Eastern on New Year’s Eve. CatholicTV will also air the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God at noon and 8PM on Jan 1st. New Year’s Day will also mark the 43rd World Day of Peace originally introduced by Pope Paul VI.
These Vatican events will stream at www.CatholicTV.com and also on CatholicTV where available.
The World Day of Peace is a feast day of the Catholic Church dedicated to peace. It was introduced in 1967 and was inspired by the encyclicals Pacem in Terris and Populorum Progressio of John XXIII and Paul VI.
Pope Benedict has already released a message for World Day of Peace and in it, the Pope talks extensively about the need to be respectful to the environment, which is God’s creation.
Pope Benedict’s message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace can be viewed at. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/peace/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20091208_xliii-world-day-peace_en.html
Vespers service will include a homily by the Holy Father. In the first Vespers service of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI said, “In our daily lives we all experience having little time for the Lord and also little time for ourselves. We end by being absorbed in "doing". Is it not true that activities often absorb us and that society with its multiple interests monopolizes our attention? Is it not true that we devote a lot of time to entertainment and to various kinds of amusement? At times we get carried away. Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us”.
CatholicTV regularly airs Papal and Vatican events: More information can be found at http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=57
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