In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include developments on Hillary Clinton's private email address, ISIS advances in Syria, and CACG executive director talks about presidential politics and religious affiliation.
"We have to be one, one as Jesus and the Father are one. This is the true challenge for all Christians: to leave no room for division among us, not to allow the spirit of division, the father of lies, to enter in among us; always to seek unity.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Father, they are your gift to me." (John 17:24)
In the News:
- A first peek at some of the messages from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email address during her days as Secretary of State appears to back up her claim that she did not receive classified information through the private system.
- Islamic State on Thursday claimed full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and a nearby military airport and prison, as a monitoring group said the militants had now captured 50% of the country.
- Mr. Letterman ended his 33-year career in late-night on Wednesday as he had started it — with the irreverence, self-mockery and mischief that made him such an iconoclastic talk-show host.
Pope Francis and church news:
- CACG executive director, Christopher Hale, writes for TIME about 2016 presidential candidates following the pope's lead on fighting poverty. Mr. Hale also had a radio interview with Texas Public Radio about the rising number of religiously unaffiliated.
- Jes Stevens, an organizing fellow at CACG, was featured in a New York Times segment called "Transgender Lives: Your Stories."
- Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful what to do.
- In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around.
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