In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Britain's general election, an article on the Trans-Pacific Partnership by Father Gerry Creedon, and the pope announces the "missionaries of mercy."

"If the Church is alive, she must always surprise" (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” (John 15:11)

In the News:

  • A federal appeals court declared on Thursday that a National Security Agency program that sweeps up logs of Americans' phone calls is illegal, representing the most significant legal setback yet for the long-running surveillance operation.
  • Millions of people are voting in Britain's general election on Thursday, but with no party expected to clearly emerge as an outright winner it may be days before the precise make-up of the new government is known.
  • Not 24 hours after attorney Ted Wells revealed the findings of his Deflategate investigation, which pointed a finger at New England Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady by saying he "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities," Brady's agent issued a response.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In a new article for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Father Gerry Creedon calls on elected officials to oppose fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress.
  • Pope Francis will send out "missionaries of mercy" to forgive sins all over the world next year, including transgressions such as abortion, which is usually reserved for high-ranking officials to absolve.
  • The Vatican's semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad as "blasphemous" but also condemned the "mad and bloodthirsty" extremists who opened fire at a Texas exhibit of the cartoons.

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