Over the recent weeks of the holiday season, Pope Francis has been busy offering words of blessing and love to many as the Vatican celebrated the great feast of Christmas and entered the new year. In addition to beautiful liturgies and festive ceremonies, the Pope’s celebration was highlighted by his annual Urbi et Orbi
message on Christmas day.
Here are the stories that we bring you on today's episode of Perspectives Daily:
- The Pope stays busy in celebration as the world observes Christmas and ushers in a new year.
- The Holy See Press Office undergoes change as January begins.
- The bishops of the USCCB are on retreat at Mundelein Seminary.
In addition to those, here are some of the latest Catholic news stories from around the world making headlines today:
- Filipino bishop tells Catholics to ignore Duterte tirades. In his New Year message, a former head of the Philippines' Catholic bishops' conference has called on people to ignore President Rodrigo Duterte's repeated rants against the Church.
- Pope Francis to U.S. bishops on retreat: Abuse crisis requires conversion and humility. The clerical abuse crisis has led to serious divisions within the U.S. Church and to a temptation to look for administrative solutions to problems that go much deeper, Pope Francis told the U.S. bishops.
- Hong Kong Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-Cheung has died. Msgr. Michael Yeung Ming-Cheung, Bishop of Hong Kong, died Thursday morning at the age of 73 after heading the diocese for 17 months.
- Packed agenda for Pope Francis in 2019. Pope Francis' packed agenda for 2019 includes Apostolic Journeys to the UAE, Panama, Morocco, Bulgaria, and Macedonia, alongside a Vatican summit on sexual abuse, a Synod on the Amazon Basin, and continued reform of the Roman Curia.
- Vatican’s doctrine czar approves hysterectomies in 'extreme cases'. The Vatican’s doctrinal office said Thursday that removal of the uterus can be licit in "extreme cases" where health risks are imminent and where sterilization is not an issue.
- An Apostolic Exhortation to the Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers. In a new document written for Catholics, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix urges fathers and mothers to commit themselves and their families to a deeper relationship with Christ.
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