In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include bipartisan attacks on Donald Trump, new numbers on those seeking unemployment benefits, and presidential candidates are asked how they'll help the poor and hungry.
"When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises." (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
Today's Reading: “they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:13)
In the News:
- Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Rick Perry don’t agree on much, but both have linked Donald Trump to the “Know-Nothings” — the 19th-century anti-immigrant movement that rocketed to political success in pre-Civil War America and flamed out just as quickly.
- The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41-1/2 years, suggesting the labor market maintained a solid pace of job growth in July.
- US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived unannounced in Baghdad on Thursday to assess the government's progress in healing the country's sectarian divisions and hear the latest on support for the Iraqi army's coming attempt to recapture the key city of Ramadi from Islamic State.
Pope Francis and church news:
- One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes.
- A public interest law firm has filed a federal case on behalf of the archdiocese of Newark challenging a New Jersey law that bars church-run cemeteries from selling headstones.
- In an article for National Catholic Reporter, Vinnie Rotondaro covers a Catholic groups as they ask a simple question to presidential candidates: how will they help the poor and hungry.
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