Rome Reports - Pope Francis met with members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which aims to bring the environmental values of the pope's encyclical, “Laudato si',” to life around the world… Cardinal Tagle introduced the movement to the pope, then opened the floor for members to speak directly to Pope Francis… This representative, in turn, gave Pope Francis a special rosary made by nuns and Laudato si' animators from the Ecuadorian Amazon… Finally, the pope thanked the group and said goodbye to each person. He made them chuckle with this final request… “Be greener!”
By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia - We humans love to talk and fill our world with noise. However, God speaks rarely and even during the incarnation, Jesus’s life was spent primarily in silence. All we know about Jesus comes from the beginning of his life and his end, with virtually nothing known about the 30 years he lived in Nazareth. Nineteenth-century writer Frederick Charles Woodhouse reflects on this reality in his Manual for Lent and ponders the silence of God.
By Charlie Specht, WKBW - The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which is facing nearly 250 lawsuits involving clergy sexual abuse, has declared bankruptcy… Aside from the obvious financial implications, the diocese's formal Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing means that many of the victims of clergy sexual abuse may not anytime soon get the answers that have long been hidden in secret diocesan archives regarding pedophile priests… But there is still a chance that those hidden files could be forced as part of a bankruptcy settlement, as has happened in other dioceses.