In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Pope's arrival in the Philippines, scholarships in honor of Micheal Brown, and German leaders criticize anti-Islamic protests.
"The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one." (Psalms 139:12)
In the News:
- Seniors at Normandy High School learned that full-tuition scholarships would be given to 11 of them in honor of Michael Brown, who graduated just days before he was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer.
- The Republican National Committee announced that it will hold the convention where it will choose the party's next nominee for president in mid-July 2016, considerably earlier than the event has been held in the past
- U.S. retail icon Target said Thursday that it plans to abandon operations in Canada following two disastrous years that resulted in more than $2 billion in losses.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Although it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and church officials and an exuberant crowd Jan. 15 at Manila's Villamor Air Base.
- During an in-flight press conference on his way to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans to have his much-anticipated encyclical on man's relationship with creation finished in March.
- German church leaders have criticized an anti-Islamic movement that staged mass demonstrations in Dresden and other cities, but they also urged a better understanding of public fears.
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