In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the removal of the Confederate Flag on South Carolina statehouse grounds, a Democratic candidate for president discusses Wall Street reform, and the pope arrives in Bolivia.
“Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord’s loving Heart.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Today's Reading: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Matthew 10:8)
In the News:
- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is set to sign a bill that will bring down the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds, less than a day after lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted to remove it.
- Democrat Martin O'Malley is making tougher oversight of Wall Street a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, outlining steps to bring more regulations to large banks and tax high-frequency trading.
- European stocks surged Thursday as investors sensed a glimmer of hope that Greece can strike a last-ditch deal with creditors to keep it in the eurozone.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Praising Bolivia's efforts to include all its citizens in the country's economic, political and social life, Pope Francis also defended the record and the right of the Catholic Church to be an active member of society and the right of the bishops to comment on public issues.
- The Catholic Church notched a prominent win at the California statehouse this week after aligning with advocates for the disabled and medical groups to defeat a proposal to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
- After eight years on the job, Margie Winters was fired as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy outside Philadelphia not because she just married her wife, but because some parents just found out that she’s been married for all eight years.
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