In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include continued troubles at the VA, the pope meeting with children, and the conflict in Iraq.
"The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit." (St. Anthony of Padua)
Today's Gospel: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;” (Luke 1:46)
In the News:
- A Senate investigation of poor health care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis., found systemic failures in a VA inspector general’s review of the facility that raise questions about the internal watchdog’s ability to ensure adequate health care for veterans nationwide.
- Iraqi forces have launched a ground offensive to drive out an estimated 500-to-2000 Islamic State militants inside the city of Fallujah, where some 50,000 civilians appear to be trapped.
- Verizon Communications Inc. and its two unions reached an agreement on a new labor contract, paving the way for about 39,000 landline employees to return to work after walking off the job more than six weeks ago.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children on Saturday, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants “are not dangerous, but in danger”.
- On Sunday, Pope Francis praised Hollywood actors George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and Richard Gere at a conference promoting a Vatican education initiative that helps poor communities.
- Deacons are called to be servants who set aside their own self-serving plans and are generous with their lives, Pope Francis said.
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