In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Alabama issuing same-sex marriage licenses, another winter storm slams the northeast, and the pope visits the poor and marginalized on outskirts of Rome.
"But above all we must remember the priority of labor over capital: labor is the cause of production; capital, or the means of production, is its mere instrument or tool." (John Paul II)
Today's Reading: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:14)
In the News:
- Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state's request to extend a hold on a federal judge's earlier ruling.
- The third major winter storm in less than two weeks inflicted fresh snow — and misery — across New England and portions of New York state on Monday.
- Banking giant HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of taxes.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized.
- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs.
- Pope Francis warned African bishops against new and unscrupulous forms of colonization such as the pursuit of success, riches, and power at all costs; but also fundamentalism and the distorted use of religion, and new ideologies that destroy the identity of persons and families.
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