In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include what industries could pose a threat to President Obama's Trans Pacific Partnership, the legal battle over allowing transgender Americans to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, and Pope Francis' technological abilities.
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples" (Mother Theresa)
Today's Gospel: “[The Kingdom of heaven] is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches." (Matthew 13:31-32)
In the News:
- On Friday, top trade officials from twelve countries in the Asia-Pacific region convened in Maui where they will negotiate a free trade zone that would encompass 40% of the world's economic output. But, Canadian's dairy and poultry producers, Japan's rice farmers, and American drug companies and automakers could pose a threat to the deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership.
- The legal battle over allowing transgender Americans to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity rages on. Gavin Grimm of Gloucester County, VA is at the forefront of this debate today as Judge Robert Doumar of the Federal District Court in Virginia is scheduled to consider whether the school board's decision to prohibit Grimm from using the male restroom is unlawful discrimination.
- The United States government and Turkey have outlined a plan to clear ISIS from a 60-mile-long strip in northern Syria that rests along the Turkish border. The plan involves American warplanes, Syrian insurgents, and Turkish forces and will create a de-facto safe zone for displaced Syrians.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis showed off his technological abilities when he opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland using a tablet to be the first to sign up. He did this from a window overlooking St. Peter's square during the traditional Sunday blessing. World Youth Day will be in Krakow from July 25th to the 31st.
- The New Republic's Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig recently penned a piece applauding the feminist aspects of Pope Francis' papacy. She asks liberal feminists not to discount Francis' interests in fighting poverty and redistributing resources so that "women (especially women in poor countries) are able to raise families at will, rather than at the convenience of others." But others, including Kathleen Geier of Salon do not totally agree.
- Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo told CNN that Pope Francis will likely "recalibrate" his message about his environmental and economic standards when he comes to the United States this September. He also explained how he disagrees with American politicians, including those running for President, who believe that its not the Pope's role to discuss the environment or economics. He said, "this idea that it is not 'Christian' to speak of the beauty of creation and about our role to be stewards of that beauty is just insane."
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