In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a new article by CACG's executive director on gun control, the Chinese stock market plunges, and the pope promotes interreligious dialogue.
"There is no worse material poverty, I am keen to stress, than the poverty which prevents people from earning their bread and deprives them of the dignity of work." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." (Luke 4:18)
In the News:
- Chinese stocks plunged on Thursday, by more than 7 percent, forcing officials for the second time this week to halt trading for the day — in this case, after just 29 minutes.
- Iran accused Saudi Arabia of an aerial attack on its embassy in Sana, the capital of Yemen, escalating a conflict between the rivals that has put the region on edge, although witnesses said the building was not hit.
- Since President Obama took office in 2009, shares of Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger have each increased more than 900 percent, far surpassing the return of the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index (up 147 percent) and even outperforming the stock of Apple (up 800 percent).
Pope Francis and church news:
- In a new article for TIME, CACG executive director Christopher Hale argues gun control is a pro-life value and that Pope Francis would support the efforts by President Obama to curb gun violence.
- The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.
- Executions in the United States fell to the lowest number in decades in 2015, and recent Popes may have helped spur the drop in public support for capital punishment.
- The U.S. chief religious freedom watchdog condemned Saudi Arabia’s Jan. 2 execution of a Shi’a Muslim cleric as a violation of religious freedom, and called for global respect for human rights.
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