In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a priest claiming he was fired from a Catholic university for supporting LGBT rights, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham makes a major announcement, and the pope canonizes two nuns from Palestine.
"Jesus invites us, not only to take the risk of leaving our comfort zone, but also to deal with the tension involved in change, not dismissively but in a creative way, and to challenge each other to do so." (Archbishop Blase Cupich)
Today's Reading: “Do you believe now?" (John 16:31)
In the News:
- The Obama administration plans to prohibit federal agencies from providing to local cops certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and bayonets, in the wake of controversy over a "militarized" police response to unrest last summer in Ferguson, Missouri.
- Iran-backed Shiite militias on Monday assembled east of the Iraqi city of Ramadi for a possible counter-offensive after it fell to the Islamic State group over the weekend.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham got out in front of his own campaign announcement Monday, all but declaring he plans to run for president in 2016 -- just seconds after saying he'll reveal his political plans on June 1.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A priest who ministered to Seton Hall University sports teams says he was removed from his post for publicly supporting the “NOH8″ campaign supporting LGBT rights.
- Pope Francis canonized two 19th-century nuns from Ottoman-ruled Palestine on Sunday, just days after the Vatican moved to formally recognize a state of Palestine, offering tacit support to a bid for full sovereignty.
- Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Burundi in St Peter’s Square during his address just before the recitation of the traditional Easter Marian prayer, the Regina Coeli.
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