In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a debate over the Confederate flag, the pope calls out the weapons industry, and a Philadelphia delegation for the World Meetings heads to the Vatican.
“The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged,” (Matthew 7:1)
In the News:
- It’s time for the Confederate flag to come down from in front of South Carolina’s Capitol building, says Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said on MSNBC Monday morning.
- General Mills plans to get rid of artificial flavors and colors from all of its cereals by 2017, the company said Monday.
- The search for two killers who broke out of a New York prison more than two weeks ago focused on two locations more than 300 miles apart on Sunday.
- President Obama says the legacy of slavery and racism still hangs over the nation, speaking in an interview in which he drops the "n word."
Pope Francis and church news:
- Anyone who makes weapons or invests in weapons industries is a hypocrite if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said Sunday.
- Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for the Catholic Church’s persecution of members of a small evangelical church in Italy whose leader was excommunicated and followers branded as heretics during the Middle Ages.
- A delegation of close to 40 people are headed to Rome for high level planning sessions ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in a few months.
- Pope Francis has again publicly indicated he is not considering appointing women to leadership positions in the nearly all-male Vatican bureaucracy, saying to do so would be to promote a "functionalism" of women's roles in the Catholic church.
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