In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Scott Walker entering the 2016 race, the pope ends his trip to South America, and the leader of a major Mexican drug cartel escapes federal prison.
“As Christians, we have an additional reason to love and serve the poor; for in them we see the face and the flesh of Christ, who made himself poor so to enrich us with his poverty,” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
In the News:
- Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says Jeb Bush's last name makes him a poor choice to take on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a general election contest.
- Authorities are scrambling to find Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his stunning escape from a maximum-security prison Saturday night.
- Talks between Iran and six major powers pushed into their 17th day on Monday with top Iranian officials saying the talks could go on for days.
- Nine years and three billion miles after NASA's New Horizons probe blasted off on a mission to Pluto, the space probe is just one day away from its historic encounter with the dwarf planet.
Pope Francis and church news:
- At the close of a week-long trip to Latin America that elicited some of Pope Francis’ most fiery anti-capitalist rhetoric to date, the pontiff acknowledged his views stirred controversy in the United States and vowed to ponder those reactions ahead of a September trip to the country.
- Pope Francis called for a more welcoming Catholic church, open even to those don’t accept its teachings, as he preached at a large open-air Mass on the last day of a weeklong South American tour.
- Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared remarks in a talk to thousands of Paraguay's young people – urging the crowd to go against the cultural current and to live for Jesus with a “free heart.”
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