In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Iran and a final nuclear deal, cancer connected to fracking in Pennsylvania, and the pope meets with the president of Slovakia.
“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.” (G. K. Chesterton)
Today's Reading: “You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:48)
In the News:
- Tehran will not sign a final nuclear deal unless world powers simultaneously lift economic sanctions imposed on Iran, the nation's president said Thursday.
- Levels of cancer-causing radon gas in Pennsylvania homes have increased as the fracking industry has expanded, a new study shows.
- Democrat Hillary Clinton has slipped against leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a poll released on Thursday that cited damage from the furor over the former secretary of state's emails.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis on Thursday received the President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, who subsequently met with Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, in the Secretariat of State.
- Kansas on Tuesday became the first state to sharply restrict or alter the most common technique used for second-trimester abortions, opening a new, emotionally charged line of attack by anti-abortion forces who hope to take it swiftly to other states.
- Lawyers for a man who was scheduled to be executed last month told judges Tuesday that prosecutors for 20 years withheld grand jury testimony and police notes that could prove his innocence.
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