Morning Briefing

News (and a touch of analysis) from the Vatican today:

If you live on the East Coast of the United States and you are reading this, you survived the bitter deepfreeze of 2018, a weekend that will go into the record books. But take heart, Temperatures on East Coast will inch up after arctic blast

Meanwhile in the land down under: Dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that haven't been seen in decades. Sydney hit an almost 80-year high of 47.3 degrees Celsius, or 117 Fahrenheit, on Sunday

From the Golden Globes:

Speaking to the Vatican ambassadors today, Pope Francis said that Venezuela has been "experiencing an increasingly dramatic and unprecedented political and humanitarian crisis." Evidence of this assessment abounds: Amid Venezuelan food shortage, sisters strive to save children

Bill Tammeus says that Evangelicals and non-evangelicals are divided by common religion. What baffled non-evangelical Protestants in recent elections was how evangelicals could support people whose actions made a mockery of evangelical ideals.

Jan. 7-13 is National Migration Week. Here are some resources to mark it. Here's how the Trump administration marked it: US set to expel around 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants

Down and Connor (Northern Ireland's largest Catholic diocese) -- Bishop suspends 'sign of peace' handshake at Mass because of 'Aussie Flu' outbreak

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