In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Iran's supreme leader responds to the letter sent by 47 Republican senators in regards to ongoing nuclear talks, and Fordham professor Michael Peppard writes about what to expect from the forthcoming ecological encyclical by Pope Francis.

“Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house." (LK 11:17)

In the News:

  • Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday as the Missouri town saw fresh demonstrations following last week's release of a damning Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that a letter signed by 47 GOP senators warning the next U.S. president could scrap any nuclear deal with Tehran is a sign of "disintegration" in Washington, according to Iranian news agencies.
  • The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Michael Peppard, assistant professor of theology at Fordham University, writes about Cardinal Peter Turkson's lecture and how it relates to the forthcoming ecological encyclical by Pope Francis.
  • Leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference invited people to pray for "those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere."
  • Organizers of the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit to Philadelphia this September disclosed today that the US Department of Homeland Security is taking the lead in all security arrangements for the events, which are expected to draw up to two million people to the city.

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