In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another Republican entering the presidential race, a close adviser to Pope Francis speak out about Cardinal Pell, and the pope calls for a greater focus on immigrant rights.
"None of us can think we are exempt from concerns for the poor and for social justice." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” (Mark 12:10)
In the News:
- The Senate will reconvene at midday on Monday to consider changes to a House bill that would curtail the government’s authority to sweep up vast quantities of telephone records after the program, which began after the 2001 terrorist attacks, expired at 12:01 a.m.
- Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday plans to return to the neighborhood where he was raised and announce that he is running for president, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into a crowded field of Republican contenders.
- The White House has put a Beau Biden memorial page on its website, giving viewers a chance to express their sympathies to Vice President Biden and his family.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Rebuking his fellow Republicans, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory vowed to veto legislation passed hours before by the state legislature that would let court officials recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs.
- One of Pope Francis' closest advisers says Cardinal George Pell's position is 'untenable'. Peter Saunders was hand-picked by the Pope six months ago to be the Catholic Church's commissioner for the protection of children.The Church in the.
- Dominican Republic cannot be indifferent to the plight of Haitian immigrants, Pope Francis said last week during a meeting with the Dominican Republic's Catholic bishops.
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