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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the creation of the largest solar project in the United States, a battle between state and federal courts in Alabama, and the pope calls for dialogue and solidarity in Greece. 

"To love God is something greater than to know Him." (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Today's Reading: “What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?” (Psalms 8:5)

In the News:

  • The White House confirmed the death of 26-year-old American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller, four days after Islamic State militants claimed she had been killed by Jordanian air strikes in Syria.
  • U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined state officials to open the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in the town of Desert Center, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park. The solar project generates enough electricity to power 160,000 average California homes.
  • On the day that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties defied a federal judge’s decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state into judicial chaos.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Greece to engage in dialogue and solidarity, values he said are particularly necessary in fighting pessimism during the country's ongoing financial crisis.
  • New Vatican documents state a homily at Mass is not a mini catechism class but an opportunity to explain church teaching using the Scripture readings and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Drawing mixed reactions, a California legislator has proposed replacing missionary Father Junipero Serra's statue in the state capital.

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