In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president requesting war powers to combat ISIS, Jon Stewart stepping down from "The Daily Show", and a message from the pope on the gift of children.

"God works, continues to work, and we can ask ourselves how we should respond to this creation of God, which is born of love, because he works through love." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.” (Mark 7:15)

In the News:

  • The Obama administration has informed lawmakers that the president will seek a formal authorization to fight the Islamic State that would prohibit the use of “enduring offensive ground forces” and limit engagement to three years.
  • Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave his job as host of Comedy Central's parody newscast "The Daily Show" later this year.
  • NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay following his false claims about an experience he had during the Iraq war.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience.
  • As fresh economic reforms begin to take hold throughout the Vatican, the Council for the Economy has faced some resistance from larger offices that had been used to having greater autonomy.
  • Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded.

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