In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include an Italian newspaper leaking a draft of the Pope's encyclical on the environment, the leader of the NAACP Spokane branch steps down, and CACG executive director Christopher Hale discusses the Pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment with a Philadelphia radio host.
“Climate change, the loss of bio-diversity, deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness, and you are the ones who suffer most, the humble, those who live near coasts in precarious dwellings or who are so vulnerable economically that, in face of a natural disaster, lose everything.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44)
In the News:
- Rachel Dolezal, who stepped down Monday as president of the Spokane branch of the NAACP amid questions surrounding her racial identity.
- Jeb Bush, a son and brother of presidents, formally declared a White House candidacy of his own on Monday.
- Gap announced on Monday that it planned to close one-fourth of its stores in North America over the next few years, potentially affecting thousands of jobs, as the brand struggles to turn around a business mired in a long sales slump.
- The Chicago Blackhawks captured their third Stanley Cup in six seasons with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Italian magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its website on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday.
- At the spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops here last week, bishops from around the country said they were withholding their enthusiasm on Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change until they saw the document.
- CACG executive director Christopher Hale spoke with WPHT-AM (1210) radio host Dom Giordano about the leaked encyclical on the environment.
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