In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. on lockdown, the Vatican holds a conference on greenhouse gases and poverty, and Catholic leaders in Iowa call on GOP candidates to follow the teachings of the pope.
"A politics concerned with immediate results, supported by consumerist sectors of the population, is driven to produce short-term growth." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)
In the News:
- The Navy Yard, located less than a mile south of the U.S. Capitol, was placed on lockdown Thursday following an unconfirmed report of an active shooter.
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to formally announce his presidential campaign on July 13, aides say.
- Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump took to television Wednesday night to defend his recent comments about Mexicans immigrating to the United States, and to say Macy's "folded" when it cut business ties with him.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Democracy must return to politics and unusual alliances must form in order to get the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle poverty, said a panel of speakers attending a Vatican conference.
- In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September.
- Roman Catholic leaders in Iowa will call for candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.
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