In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another Republican entering the 2016 presidential race, the pope discusses family wounds, and bishops in Europe call for greater generosity towards migrants.
"Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism in an effort to sell its products, people can easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn their hearts toward their children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17)
In the News:
- President Obama unveiled new rules Wednesday that would basically allow families to offer private ransom payments for relatives kidnapped overseas.
- Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's running for president.
- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered the removal of four Confederate flags from a memorial at the Alabama State Capitol on Wednesday amid a growing controversy over their official display in the wake of the killing of African Americans at a South Carolina church.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Catholic church in Sydney has sent letters to at least two companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, to express its “grave concern” and accuse them of “overstepping their purpose”.
- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis said while visiting St. Peter's square.
- Bishops across the European Union are calling on member states to be generous toward tens of thousands of migrants flooding across the Mediterranean.
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