In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, the NFL concussion investigation, and women can now fully participate in a Catholic ritual.
"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude." (St. Angela of Foligno)
Today's Gospel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (Luke 4:18)
In the News:
- Seven Iranians employed by two Iranian-based computer firms that worked for the government were indicted on computer hacking charges for their roles in disrupting U.S. banking operations between 2011 and 2013.
- North Carolina on Wednesday passed a sweeping law overturning gay and transgender protections at the local level and requiring students to use restrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
- An investigation by the New York Times has found that the N.F.L.’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Women can now officially participate in the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual alongside men for the first time since the 1950s, thanks to a decree from Pope Francis that experts say also has symbolic significance and implications for church law.
- God's love is limitless and the church's Holy Week services offer Christians a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said in St. Peter's Square yesterday.
- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.
- In a new article for Sojourners, CACG executive director Christopher Hale explores what masculinity really looks like.
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