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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope on communism, Trump's tax records, and the debate over civil unions in Italy heats up.

“Love does not stay idle.” (St. Catherine of Siena)

Today's Gospel: "If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead." (Luke 16:31)

In the News:

  • Donald Trump is leaving the door open to not releasing his tax returns, just hours after Mitt Romney warned Wednesday that the billionaire's tax documents could contain a "bombshell."
  • A new scientific study has concluded that sea levels have risen at a much faster rate over the past century than at any time over 3,000 years. But the story doesn't end there.
  • Federal marshals have secretly used powerful cellphone surveillance tools to hunt nearly 6,000 suspects throughout the United States, according to newly-disclosed records in which the agency inadvertently identified itself as the nation’s most prolific known user of phone-tracking devices.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Wading again into the fraught issue of economic inequality and biblical teachings, Pope Francis spoke passionately about Isaiah’s warning to the greedy and assured thousands who gathered in St. Peter’s Square that the prophet “wasn’t a communist!”
  • Singapore's music fans can do better than Madonna, the local Catholic archbishop has said.
  • Even though Pope Francis has declined to get involved in Italy’s ongoing debate over a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, saying the pope belongs to everyone and shouldn’t comment on local politics, two of the Vatican’s top cardinals weren’t so reluctant.

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