In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include sharp drops in crude oil prices, Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka and the former governor of Virginia loses his prison appeal.
"Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet." (Psalms 8:7)
In the News:
- Crude oil's global collapse is now expected to soon push the national average U.S. price for gasoline below $2 a gallon for the first time since early 2009.
- Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will have to appeal his corruption conviction from behind bars after a federal judge denied his request to be free during the appeals process.
- A French national arrested in Bulgaria while trying to slip into Turkey is linked to the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and is expected to be extradited back to France, according to a local prosecutor.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, calling for the “pursuit of truth” as he began the first papal visit to the country since the end of a bitter and long-running civil conflict in 2009.
- In a message read at all Sunday Masses in Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois lamented the Charlie Hebdo shooting, paid tribute to the police, and defended freedom of the press.
- Pope Francis has named Franciscan Fr. Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native who currently is director of campus ministry at Quincy University in Illinois, as an auxiliary bishop of the New Orleans archdiocese.
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