In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include continued unrest in Baltimore, the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, and new details on the pope's planned visit to Washington D.C.
“Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.” (Robert F. Kennedy)
Today's Reading: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
In the News:
- Maryland’s governor activated the National Guard on Monday and the city of Baltimore announced a curfew for all residents as a turbulent day that began with the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality, ended with rioting by rock-throwing youths, arson, looting and at least 15 police officers injured.
- The nine justices of the Supreme Court were set on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year's most anticipated ruling.
- Nepal's prime minister on Tuesday said the death toll from the devastating earthquake that rocked the country Saturday could reach 10,000, and the United Nations says that an estimated 8 million people have been affected.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception when he visits the United States in September.
- In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with a deadline – between nations, which zeros-in on the use of nuclear energy for positive social development.
- In a new article for the Huffington Post, the state director of Keystone Catholics, Stephen Seufert, highlights Catholic opposition to fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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