In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include new job numbers, a town hall on gun violence, and the pope talks about the real meaning of love.
“Jesus tells us what the ‘protocol’ is, on which we will be judged. It is the one we read in chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel: I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me, clothed me, visited me, took care of me. Whenever we do this to one of our brothers, we do this to Jesus." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12)
In the News:
- In an impressive sprint at 2015’s end, employers added 292,000 workers to their payrolls in December, the government said on Friday, punctuating a year of healthy growth.
- In a CNN town hall moderated by Anderson Cooper, President Barack Obama faced off against critics of his new executive actions, including expanded background checks for gun sales -- but both sides listened carefully, referred to shared concerns and avoided histrionics.
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter late Thursday night, sending a series of messages aimed at Republican front-runner Donald Trump after the businessman spoke in Sanders' hometown of Burlington just blocks from the Sanders campaign headquarters.
Pope Francis and church news:
- One year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that left 12 dead, the Vatican daily newspaper has condemned the French satirical paper’s anniversary cover which depicts God as an armed terrorist.
- The Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side, posed a question to the president during the CNN gun violence town hall last night, thanking Obama for his “courage” in pushing for new gun control laws, but asking why guns can’t carry titles like automobiles.
- Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas, and is a word he said has become so casual that we no longer know exactly what we mean when we say it.
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