In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president taking executive action on gun violence, the ongoing milita standoff in Oregon, and the pope visits the site of the very first nativity scene.
“When money, instead of man, is at the center of the system, when money becomes an idol, men and women are reduced to simple instruments of a social and economic system, which is characterized, better yet dominated, by profound inequalities.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34)
In the News:
- President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive moves on Tuesday to expand background checks for gun buyers and tighten rules for people who purchase some of the most dangerous weapons, bypassing Congress on a hot-button issue.
- Iran's President lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, calling its decision to sever ties with Tehran after uproar over a prominent Shiite cleric's execution a strange move in response to what he called justified criticism.
- An armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon rolled into its fourth day Tuesday, even after the two men at the center of the unrest disavowed the protest.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis made a surprise visit Monday to the Italian hill town of Greccio where, centuries earlier, St. Francis created the first nativity scene.
- Pope Francis on Monday established a new eparchy for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States and Canada, to serve several thousand Catholics of the India-based Church.
- The Vatican has denied responsibility for child labour that is allegedly taking place on church-owned land in Uganda, claiming it is the responsibility of the local church.
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