In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a nationwide sweep on undocumented immigrants, a National Geographic story on the Virgin Mary, and the possible beatification of a priest who was on the Titanic.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)
Today's Gospel: “He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.” (Luke 1:69)
In the News:
- Federal immigration authorities are planning a nationwide sweep of undocumented immigrants and families who are still in the United States even after being ordered by a judge to return home, according to U.S. officials.
The investigation into the extensive involvement of Belgians in the Paris terrorist attacks widened on Thursday with news that a 30-year-old Belgian man had been arrested on terrorism charges.
Several arrests were made amid protests by the Black Lives Matter group at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Protesters moved their demonstration to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this afternoon after they were forced out of the Mall of America.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In a feature for National Geographic, “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,” Maureen Orth explores the worldwide phenomenon of devotion to the Mother of God in anticipation of the National Geographic Channel special, “The Cult of Mary.”
- Some are beginning to call for a beatification cause be opened for Father Thomas Byles, who died on the Titanic.
- Christian faithful from around the world descended Thursday on the biblical city of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, as an outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence dampened the typically festive mood.
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