Happy Birthday, Pope Francis! The Holy Father turns 82 years old today and celebrated over the weekend by meeting with a group of volunteers, doctors, nurses, and families connected with the Santa Marta Dispensary, a pediatric clinic within the Vatican.
Here are the stories that we bring you on today's episode of Perspectives Daily:
- Pope blesses baby Jesus statues during Angelus address on Bambinelli Sunday.
- Holy Father has birthday celebration with Santa Marta Dispensary.
- Highlights from the annual Concerto di Natale Vatican Christmas concert.
(CNS photo/Giuseppe Lami, EPA)
In addition to those, here are some of the latest Catholic news stories from around the world making headlines today:
- New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity. In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine.
- Pa. diocese to open first Catholic 'sober' high school in U.S. The Diocese of Allentown will set a national precedent in fall 2019 by establishing a Catholic high school for students in recovery from substance abuse.
- Fr. Mario: "Gaza’s Christians should not require permits to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem." Each Christmas season, Bethlehem becomes the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Christians, but for Gaza’s Christian community, celebrating Christmas and visiting family where Jesus was born is a privilege which many of them do not have.
- Archbishop Nienstedt’s ministry restricted in Minnesota archdiocese. Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis has said that until "all open allegations are resolved," his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, is not free to exercise public ministry in the archdiocese.
- Iraqi priest rebuilds church in war-torn Mosul, hopes returning Christians will follow. Father Amanuel Adel Kloo and other Christians have begun the cautious process of returning to Mosul, the once-bustling Iraqi city that for three years was the capital of the caliphate established by the Islamic State.
- Pope Francis receives Italian Prime Minister Conte. On Saturday, the Pope received Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, for a private audience in the Vatican.
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