In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Pope's final day in Sri Lanka, al Qaeda takes credit for the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the Supreme Court reviews restrictions on church signs.
"To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Rescue the weak and the needy, save them from the clutches of the wicked." (Psalms 82:4)
In the News:
- A top Yemen al Qaeda leader claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre, saying that his organization orchestrated the attack as "vengeance."
- The White House announced on Wednesday that it is setting new goals for reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, aiming to cut those releases by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.
- Stocks tumbled in early trading Wednesday after a weak reading on December retail sales and a profit miss from JPMorgan added to investor worries.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis presided over the creation of Sri Lanka’s first saint and visited a sanctuary in the country’s former war zone, on the final full day of a visit marked by a call for peace, reconciliation and freedom of worship.
- Spanish bishops have released a message for their nation's Day of the Immigrant and Refugee, which will be held Jan. 18, entitled "A Church without borders, a Mother for all."
- The U.S. Supreme Court is scrutinizing an Arizona town’s restrictions on church signs that critics say intentionally discriminate against houses of worship.
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