In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another Republican entering the 2016 presidential race, the Vatican releases the full schedule of the pope's visit to the United States, and the Vatican overhauls its communications.
"Closeness is such an important word: you can’t build a community without closeness; you can’t make peace without closeness; you can’t do good without drawing near" (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8:27)
In the News:
- Today, Gov. Chris Christie will formally declare his candidacy for president of the United States at his alma mater, Livingston High School in New Jersey, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race.
- President Obama is scheduled to announce a new plan that would require employers to pay overtime to employees who earn less than $970 per week.
- New York prison escapee David Sweat has told investigators that the only worker involved in the breakout was seamstress Joyce Mitchell, a prosecutor said Monday.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Vatican has released the full schedule for Pope Francis’ September Apostolic Journey to the U.S., which includes meeting with President Obama at the White House, an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and a “multi-religious service” at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
- Pope Francis has made an unexpected request for his upcoming trip to Bolivia – he wants to chew coca leaves, the natural source of cocaine, according to a government official.
- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications.
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