In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the sentencing of Virginia's ex-first lady, the pope calls on Catholic leaders in Ukraine to avoid politicizing the ongoing conflict, and an American Cardinal calls ISIS a threat to humanity.
“Peace for all is the fruit of justice for all, and no one can shirk this essential task of promoting justice.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Today's Reading: “Behold, you desire true sincerity; and secretly you teach me wisdom.” (Psalms 51:8)
In the News:
- Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced today for conspiring to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for $177,000 in loans, vacations and luxury items.
- The nation’s top nutritional panel is recommending for the first time that Americans consider the impact on the environment when they are choosing what to eat, a move that defied a warning from Congress and, if enacted, could discourage people from eating red meat.
- The central and eastern U.S. braced for another blast of record-breaking cold, snow and ice early Friday after already frigid temperatures shattered all-time lows.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis urged Ukraine's Catholic bishops to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and avoid politicizing their role as church leaders.
- With ISIS threatening all of human civilization, no one of any background or religion can remain silent, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
- Saying we must never use God as a cover for injustice, Pope Francis warned against those who follow all the outward signs of piety but then exploit or mistreat their employees.
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