In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include major changes to how the German Catholic Church deals with divorced, remarried and same-sex employees, California's ongoing drought crisis, and the pope is scheduled to meet the president of Cuba.
"It constantly amazes me that men and women wander the earth marveling at the highest mountains, the deepest ocean, the whitest sands, the most exotic islands, the most intriguing birds of the air and fish of the sea – and all the time never stop to marvel at themselves and realize their infinite potential as human beings." (Matthew Kelly)
Today's Reading: “Remain in me, as I remain in you.” (John 15:4)
In the News:
- California's state water board on Tuesday approved emergency drought regulations that aim to slash water use in urban areas by 25%.
- Conflicts and violence worldwide displaced a record 38 million people in 2014, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee the Islamic State group, a Norwegian humanitarian group report released Wednesday revealed.
- The co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a German airliner into the French Alps, appears to have rehearsed the plane’s fatal dive during an earlier flight on the day of the crash.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Members of the Harlem Globetrotters presented the Pope with a custom jersey, showing the name “Pope Francis” and the number 90, on Wednesday at the Vatican.
- Pope Francis will receive Cuba’s president Raúl Castro at the Vatican on Sunday morning, May 10, the Holy See announced on Tuesday.
- Germany's Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs.
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