In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina state capital, ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, and the pope continues his trip to South America.
“God wants a Christian society, one in which we share the good things that God has given for all of us.” (Blessed Óscar Romero)
Today's Reading: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
In the News:
- Closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus, South Carolina on Friday lowered the Confederate battle flag from outside its State House, where it had flown for more than 50 years.
- Iran nuclear talks are likely to stretch into the weekend, the Iranian foreign minister said Friday, suggesting that gaps still remain following two weeks of intensive negotiations.
- After years of declining violent crime, several major American cities experienced a dramatic surge in homicides during the first half of this year.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A crucifix sculpted in the shape of a hammer and sickle presented to Pope Francis in Bolivia has caused a stir among Catholic commentators.
- Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the colonial era.
- Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Pope Francis acknowledged he did not have a "recipe" for a perfect economic-social-political system, but he said the problems with the current system are obvious and the Gospel contains principles that can help.
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