In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the not so 'historic' storm, a top synod official makes waves, and a Catholic health care system comes under fire.
"A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Your justice I kept not hid within my heart." (Psalms 40:11)
In the News:
- A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow, but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York.
- Democrats in the State Assembly agreed late on Monday to ask Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker in the wake of his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.
- Stocks plunged at the open Tuesday as a batch of big-name companies reported disappointing earnings that spooked investor confidence.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis said Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong.
- During a recent Vatican summit, the top official at the Synod of Bishops stirred controversy by reportedly telling participants they should not be “shocked” by theologians questioning Church teaching on matters such as marriage and family life.
- A large Catholic health care system is coming under fire from a Catholic bishop after saying it will extend health benefits to legally married LGBT couples in the spring.
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