In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty, the pope has mass with new archbishops, and the pope meets with the Eastern Orthodox Church.
"Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives." (Fr. James Martin, SJ)
Today's Reading: “I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
In the News:
- The Supreme Court refused Monday to limit states' use of a controversial execution method that opponents have likened to being burned alive.
- The state trooper who shot and apprehended fugitive killer David Sweat has been hailed a “hero” by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
- Stocks slumped modestly on Monday at the opening on Wall Street, after markets in Asia and Europe were battered by worries that the Greek financial crisis would prove contagious and Chinese investors endured another topsy-turvy session.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The church wants pastors who are unafraid of persecution, are angels of hope and charity, and are convincing witnesses with a life rooted in prayer and the Gospel, Pope Francis told new archbishops.
- Greeting a delegation of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox would encounter each other more often, so as to overcome prejudices.
- Pope Francis has established a new Vatican office, the Secretariat for Communications, to supervise all of the communications and public-relations efforts of the Holy See.
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