In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a planned meeting between Pope Francis a married gay activist, a leading Republican in the Senate tells Pope Francis to stay out of global warming debate, and a long standing Straw Poll will cease during the 2016 presidential cycle.
“The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe.” (John 19:35)
In the News:
- The Iowa Straw Poll, a Republican Party tradition for nearly 40 years, is dead for the 2016 presidential cycle, party officials said Friday.
- President Obama’s campaign for congressional approval to complete a sweeping Pacific Rim free trade accord comes to a head Friday, capping a months-long lobbying blitz and setting up one of the biggest tests of his presidency.
- Authorities strongly believe a pair of fugitives from an upstate New York maximum-security prison are still together, two law enforcement sources briefed on the matter said Friday.
- Rupert Murdoch is getting ready to step down as the CEO of 21st Century Fox, according to CNBC's David Faber.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis is slated to hold his first public meeting with a married gay activist during a visit to Paraguay in July.
- During a meeting Thursday, Pope Francis and Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper discussed decades of abuse suffered by aboriginal children at Catholic boarding schools in Canada.
- The chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is telling Pope Francis to stay out of the ongoing debate over global warming.
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