In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include ISIS and Christian genocide, the Flint Congressional hearing continue, and Pope Benedict XVI stays active.
"Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors." (St. Therese of Lisieux)
Today's Gospel: “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’” (John 8:54)
In the News:
- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the United States has determined that ISIS' action against the Yazidis and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide.
- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency placed blame for the Flint water crisis squarely on the state of Michigan Thursday, saying a state-appointed emergency manager made the decision that led to the contamination and that the state bureaucracy approved it.
- Frank Sinatra Jr., who lived in his father's considerable shadow yet who also sought to honor the Sinatra legacy, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Christian hope is a humble and strong virtue that supports us, so that we do not drown under the many difficulties we face in life. That was Pope Francis’ message at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.
- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as they flee war and violence, asking global leaders to “open their hearts” and doors to migrants and refugees.
- Although he lives a relatively hidden life in a villa in the Vatican Gardens, retired Pope Benedict XVI continues to study modern theological questions and, occasionally, to comment on them publicly.
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