In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Pope Francis meeting with refugees, Rubio running for re-election in the Senate, and the debate over the UK staying in the EU. 

“Indeed, nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person." (Pope Francis)

Today's Gospel: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

In the News:

  • British politicians are making their crucial final pitches to a bitterly divided electorate Wednesday to persuade undecided voters of the merits of remaining in or leaving the European Union.
  • Sen. Marco Rubio will announce Wednesday he will seek re-election to the Senate, reversing a pledge he made a year ago to either assume the presidency or return to private life in Florida, instantly transforming an already competitive race and improving the chances that Republicans can maintain the Senate majority.
  • His campaign in turmoil, Donald Trump seeks to get back on track with a familiar tactic: attacking Hillary Clinton.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis invited a number of refugees to join him on stage during his general audience. The Holy See called a dozen male refugees to stand with him on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica earlier today.
  • Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.
  • When members of the Chicago Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach gathered the evening of June 19 for their regular weekly Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, they had as their focus the victims of the mass shooting June 12 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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