In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a meeting with Pope Francis and bishops to discuss the upcoming synod, a new book by Professor Todd Scribner on Neoconservative Catholics, and flooding in Texas continues to devastate the Lone Star state.
"The first Beatitude: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit,' or the stripping off of this attachment and making sure that the riches that the Lord has given one are for the common good. It’s the only way. Open your hand, open your heart, open up the horizon." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all." (Mark 10:43)
In the News:
- Seven FIFA officials were arrested Wednesday by Swiss authorities in Zurich on a U.S. arrest warrant.
- The country's fourth-largest city was ravaged by flooding many had not seen in a lifetime. More than 11 inches of rain fell in some parts of Houston just in the past day, on top of relentless rainfall that had already inundated the city.
- Identity thieves have stepped up their efforts in recent years to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The IRS estimates it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves in 2013.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Todd Scribner Ph.D., Education Outreach Coordinator at the Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote a new book titled, "A Partisan Church: American Catholicism and the Rise of Neoconservative Catholics."
- Pope Francis and members of the council of the Synod of Bishops met May 25-26 to review input from around the world for October's synod on the family and made their final suggestions for the synod's working document.
- A private group of bishops and experts convened separately from the pope's meeting to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly support of gay unions and Communion for the divorced and remarried.
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