On November 2, we celebrate the feast of All Souls. It came about through strongly Benedictine influence especially from the Cluniac Congregation in the middle ages. We commemorate all the souls of the faithful departed today. This feast proclaims the doctrine of Purgatory in both its scriptural and traditional bases. It also shows the Church's solicitude for all those who have died, and therefore are in need of our prayers and supplications. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.