In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope's new proclamation on family life, former president Clinton responds to Black Lives Matter, and Bernie plans a trip to the Vatican.
"It can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted." (John 6:12)
In the News:
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population grew by 0.79% last year, just slightly faster than the previous year’s growth rate but still among the slowest rates in decades.
- Former president Bill Clinton spent 13 minutes yesterday forcefully responding to Black Lives Matter activists who were heckling him.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron faced mounting pressure Friday over his involvement in offshore investments after he finally admitted he benefited from his father’s Panama-registered trust.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In a broad proclamation on family life, Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, and he seemingly signaled a pastoral path for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion.
- Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, an enthusiastic fan of Pope Francis's work, plans to step off the campaign trail next week to speak at a conference hosted by the Vatican on social, economic and environmental issues.
- The Indian government might have dispelled rumors of the Good Friday crucifixion of kidnapped Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, but his brother Mathew Uzhunnalil still worries.
- In an new article for TIME, CACG executive director Christopher Hale explains why religion, not God, may be in danger of dying.
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