Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today:
• Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried “are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” Pope Francis said today at his general audience.
John Allen discusses what that means over at Crux.
• The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development welcomed the White House’s Clean Power Plan that establishes federal limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
• Fun fact: Pope Francis has racked up 30,899 miles on pastoral visits outside Italy in 2015. (Cool graphic here and above.) That number will grow come September, when the pope visits Cuba and the U.S.
• Speaking of, if you’re planning to travel to Pope Francis’ Mass in Philadelphia, you’d better check out the travel logistics announced in the city today.
• Finally, do yourself a favor and spend 10 minutes reading this beautiful interview with L’Arche founder Jean Vanier at America. Among the many gems:
“[People who have disabilities] have beautiful hearts, they don’t have big heads, they’re not people who want to know things. What they want to know is: ‘Do you love me?’ Maybe that is what we all want to know: ‘Do you love me?’ Maybe that is the heart of the Christian message: that Jesus loves us and therein is our joy. That is what people with disabilities reveal to us. That is the only one important thing; that it be revealed that Jesus loves me.”