NCR Today: Japan's bishops say the Vatican's Europe-centric view hampers efforts at evangelization in places where Catholics are a small minority.
According to BBC Africa, another round of violence has broken out in South Sudan, bringing more uncertainty to those living and serving there. Today’s letter comes from Lasallian Br. Bill Firman, who is the executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan.
I wish Pope Francis would say something nice about snow. Those of us who rather like it are beleaguered. Liking snow is heresy and the pope's support would mean a lot.
Full disclosure. I'm a New Englander by background who once peddled newspapers from house to house at 6 a.m. in ice and snow. And I'm sympathetic to people whose work and/or health suffer for the white stuff, even though I scoff at the obligagory "deaths attributed to the storm" report. Death by snowflake?
NCR Today: A recent poll shows that 79 percent of the world's Catholics favor contraception. What can Pope Francis do about it?
Morning Briefing: Boy Scout troops kicked out of church; North Korea found guilty of crimes against humanity; Pope Francis meets with cardinals.
Benedictine Sr. Edita Eslopor and fellow survivors of Typhoon Haiyan trooped to Malacañang Palace on Monday morning to give President Benigno Aquino their petition for government relief, rehabilitation and financial assistance to survivors -- but the president was a no-show.
If I were in Boston, this is where I'd be next Tuesday evening:
Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
• Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College
• Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Theology Department
• Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB
Moderator: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor, Theology Department
I heard the good news on NPR: Washington state's governor, Jay Inslee, announced he will not sign death warrants even though the death penalty is legal in his state. He said there have been "too many doubts raised about capital punishment, [and] there are too many flaws in this system today." That may be the understatement of the year.
Inslee joins Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in declaring what are in effect state moratoriums on the use of the death penalty.
NCR Today: Profile of Haiti's new cardinal; Polish authorities investigate child sex abuse charges from Dominican Republic; "bling bishop" in trouble again.
Thirteen Catholics, a nun and a priest have formally requested the pope discipline their bishop for his failure to report a priest involved with child pornography to civil authorities.