In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Democrats choosing a city to host the 2016 DNC national convention, a possible ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia, and the pope discusses couples who decide to not have children.

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Today's Reading: “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” (Mark 7:27)

In the News:

  • Philadelphia has been chosen as the site of the 2016 Democratic convention, the national party announced Thursday. The Pennsylvania city beat out finalists New York City and Columbus, Ohio.
  • General Motors announced it will produce and sell an electric vehicle in all 50 states that is designed to go 200 miles on a single charge.
  • A renewed cease-fire and an overall agreement to end the war in Ukraine was announced by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France after marathon overnight bargaining that nearly collapsed at the very end.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In his general audience in St. Peter's square, Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children, saying the decision is a “selfish” act.
  • High-level discussions continue on how exactly to reform the Roman Curia, but the idea of consolidating several offices into two large groups -- one with family, laity and life, and the other with justice and peace, migrants and charity -- seems to be taking form, the Vatican spokesman said.
  • While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it.

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