Amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia following months of protests for government change, Ukrainians in Minnesota and Kiev say peacemaking and justice efforts promoted by many of the country’s faith communities are helping.
Coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams have gathered in mid-February in Indianapolis for years for several intensive days of analyzing hundreds of top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft, which starts May 8 this year.
In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the Church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See and Vatican City State.
Opening a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals, Pope Francis said the church’s pastoral approach to helping couples must be “intelligent, courageous and full of love” because the family today is “looked down upon and mistreated.”
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace urged the United States to sign and ratify a treaty to ban the use of land mines.
A day after at least 75 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine’s capital, Pope Francis asked the College of Cardinals to send a message of support to the two Ukrainian cardinals who are suffering because their people are.
The Vatican said it would continue to adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, despite what it views as unfair criticism and suggestions from the committee that would violate Church teaching.
An emotional Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila welcomed U.S. Catholic leaders reviewing Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, saying that the work to rebuild devastated communities can show the world a Church united in the service of people in need.
In retirement, Pope Benedict XVI follows a daily schedule similar to that of any retired bishop or religious: He prays, reads, strolls, talks with people and offers them spiritual advice, the Vatican spokesman said.