In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the UN's highest court ruling on whether there were acts of genocide between Croatia and Serbia, Punxsutawney Phil's and his shadow, and the pope officially recognizes a martyr.
"Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment." (Arthur Jersild)
Today's Reading: "May your hearts be ever merry!" (Psalm 22:26)
In the News:
- The United Nations' highest court ruled that neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other's populations during the wars that accompanied the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
- Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved and furry seasonal prognosticator, saw his shadow on Monday morning, portending six more weeks of winter.
- Medical experts reacted with alarm Monday as two top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination appeared to question whether child vaccinations should be mandatory.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics in India to worry about a deliberate campaign of violence, and to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against religious intimidation.
- After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for purely political reasons.
- The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations has warned that Christians face “extinction” in some regions of armed conflict, with Christian women and girls particularly vulnerable.
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