In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a bipartisan sentencing reform bill introduces by President Obama, LGBT Catholics urging Pope Francis to meet with them when he visits the United States, and Boy Scouts of America's end to its ban on openly gay scout leaders and reactions from religious institutions.
"We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” (Matthew 13:43)
In the News:
- President Obama announced that it is likely a sentencing reform bill will pass through Congress as early as this year. Two weeks ago, the House Oversight Committee became at least the third congressional panel to highlight issues in the justice system. They invited governors, Senators, members of the House, and experts to discuss potential ways to reduce the number of inmates in federal prison.
- On President Obama's historic trip to Africa, he ended the trip by calling on African leader to address the "most urgent task" of creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation in order to avoid the risk of violent unrest as the population rises in the coming decades.
- In Libya, a court sentenced Saif al-Islan Gaddafi, son of the deposed leader Col Muammer Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution. Said al-Islan was not in court, he is being held by a former rebel group from the town of Zintan that refuses to hand him over.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Gay and transgender Catholics urged Pope Francis to take a stand in a formal letter. Groups representing gay and transgender people, Catholics, and Hispanics said the church in the United States is experiencing a "pastoral crisis" over LGBT issues and asked Pope Francis to meet with them while he is visiting the United States.
- Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on openly gay scout leaders. The ban will be completely lifted aside from allowing church-sponsred Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. Even with religious exemption, the Mormon Church is not happy about the news and is considering ending their long relationship with the group.
- Enthusiasm is growing over Pope Francis' visit among Hispanic Catholics in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The Argentine-born Pope's papacy means a lot to Hispanics. Alma Reyes, a 53-year-old Mexican immigrant who cleans homes explained, "Many here are undocumented, and this encyclical letter talks about all that. The racism, the difficulties ... these are issues that affect the Hispanic community."
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