In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a Texas judge challenging president Obama's executive order on immigration, the pope mourns for the Christians killed in Libya, and conflicting calendar events in China cause Catholic leaders to grant dispensations.
“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Today's Reading: “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:14)
In the News:
- U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction against Obama actions that would defer deportations for as many as 5 million people who are in the country illegally.
- The federal government shut its doors, more than a thousand flights were canceled, roads were impassable and schools were closed Tuesday as the nation's latest blast of winter gave New England a break but roared through much of the Midwest, South and East.
- International nuclear regulators warned that growing amounts of radioactive water in and around Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant remained a threat and said it must be disposed of responsibly.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis mourned the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State, calling them martyrs that “belong to all Christians.”
- Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day which begins the season of Lent.
- The Indian Catechetical Association held its ninth annual convention last week to evaluate the central challenges to both the evangelization and catechesis of families on the subcontinent.
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