In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another Republican entering the 2016 presidential race, the pope provides words of wisdom on immigration and marriage, and a top Vatican official discusses the economy in relation to the common good.
"To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
In the News:
- George Pataki, the Republican who won the governorship three times in heavily Democratic New York, announced he's running for President in 2016.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States on Thursday, accusing it of meddling in global soccer amid an unprecedented corruption scandal.
- Researchers found fossil discoveries recently from eastern and central Africa, which recognize a new human ancestor species living between 3.3 and 3.5 million years ago.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Church leaders cannot be indifferent to the plight of immigrants, and it is "inexcusable" not to promote cooperation between a host nation and countries of origin, Pope Francis told bishops from the Dominican Republic.
- Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis.
- The economy, on a local and global level, and financial policies are called to serve the human person and promote the common good, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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