In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a mass shooting in Chattanooga, the Eurozone comes to an agreement on the Greek debt crisis, and a papal think tank weighs in on the United Nations.
“Do I know how to draw near? Do I have the strength, do I have the courage to touch those who are marginalized?” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men.” (Matthew 12:7)
In the News:
- U.S. authorities are investigating the suspected Chattanooga shooter's travel to the Middle East, including at least one trip Jordan and a possible visit to Yemen.
- German lawmakers gave their go ahead on Friday for the euro zone to negotiate a third bailout for Greece, heeding a warning from Chancellor Angela Merkel that the alternative to a deal with Athens was chaos.
- Planned Parenthood's president apologized Thursday for a top official's tone in a controversial video, but she also denied the clip's allegation that her organization profits from tissue donation.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The United Nations is not "the devil," so a papal think tank is free to collaborate with the international body as well as people of any political persuasion, said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
- People make special preparations for welcoming a special guest, and watching what worked and did not work in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay may help people preparing for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in September.
- In an interview for National Catholic Reporter, professor Douglas Laycock discusses how the Catholic Church should handle the evolution of sexual values in society.
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