In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include President's major climate change proposal aimed at majorly reducing green house gas emissions, the most moral influential figure of this election cycle, and the "healing message" that is expected from Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." (Barack Obama)
Today's Gospel: "Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds." (Matthew 14:19)
In the News:
- Vice President Biden and his associates have begun to actively explore a potential Presidential run. His advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Secretary Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.
- As more states turn to probation and parole as a way to reduce incarceration, light punishment like probation can severely disrupt a working-class life and weigh heavily on its prospects. “There are a number of people around the country being put on probation that don’t really need to be on probation,” said Carl Wicklund, the executive director of the American Parole and Probation Association.
- The Obama administration unveiled a major climate change proposal aimed at majorly reducing green house gas emissions from coal burning power plants. The "Clean Power Plan" is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change."
Pope Francis and church news:
- Archbishop George Gaenswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, told Vatican Radio that the Pope will meet with the faithful on numerous occasions during the summer month and that preparations are underway to organize an extra General Audience each month--possibly on a Saturday--during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy.
- As the 2016 Presidential election rounds the corner, Pope Francis could prove to be one of the most influential moral figures this election cycle. John Gehring of Faith in Public Life writes, "A pope who denounces 'trickle down' economics and insists climate change is an urgent moral issue is recalibrating a values narrative in U.S. politics that in recent years has been off kilter."
- When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia, friend and former colleague Silvia Tuozzo expects he may bring a “healing message” that addresses deep wounds left by the priest sex abuse scandal. She explains to NBC that what happened here in the United States hurt him and that he is a man who really believes "in love; love as healing."
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