A crew of 35 men are hard at work on the construction of the 250 confessionals for World Youth Day 2019, and all of the men are inmates at La Joya Penitentiary in Panama City. In a project that combines new learning, teamwork, developing self-confidence, and spiritual renewal, the men are proud to be involved in something that will have an impact around the world.
Here are the stories that we bring you on today's episode of Perspectives Daily:
- In his Angelus address, the pope says to emulate the "poor and generous widow as the model of Christian life."
- U.S. bishops begin their General Assembly meeting today in Baltimore.
- Deacon Pedro provides a report on inmates in Panama who are helping with preparations for World Youth Day.
In addition to those, here are some of the latest Catholic news stories from around the world making headlines today:
- Catholic health care a sign of hope in 'valley of tears,' said Cardinal Collins. Speaking to more than 1,600 guests at the 39th annual Cardinal’s Dinner in Toronto on November 8, the cardinal urged them to resist any attempt to expand the federal euthanasia law to include minors.
- Holy See urges practical, effective action against human trafficking, slavery. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York addressed a conference on "Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking."
- Archbishop: Irish actions in WWI should be impetus for today’s leaders. Ireland’s most senior Catholic cleric said the suffering endured by the Irish — Catholic and Protestant — during World War I should act as an impetus for political leaders today to build a just and lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
- Four kidnapped Nigerian priests released; Fulani herdsmen suspected. Four Catholic priests kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday, November 6 in Nigeria’s southern Delta State, have been freed.
- Eucharist creates the communion the world needs, pope says. The communion with Jesus and with others that happens at the Eucharist must extend beyond the walls of the church, the pope said at a meeting with members of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
- International conference explores Syriac Christianity. A two-day conference entitled "Syriac Christianity at the Crossroads of Cultures" gathered researchers from all over the world at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome last week.
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