In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the embargo between Vietnam and the U.S., the war on terror, and the pope meeting with a top Muslim leader.
"Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure." (St. John Paul II)
Today's Gospel: "All things are possible for God." (Mark 10:27)
In the News:
- President Obama lifted a decades-long American arms embargo on Vietnam Monday and touted a new friendship with the United States' former enemy.
- Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU's first far-right head of state.
- An American drone strike on Saturday in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on Monday.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim centre of learning, five years after Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib suspended dialogue with the Holy See.
- The presumptive Philippine president-elect has blasted the country's dominant Roman Catholic Church as "the most hypocritical institution" and accused some of its bishops of corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians.
- The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was "plenty of room for improvement" in implementing two of the charter's articles.
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