In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include President Obama's much anticipated speech about his negotiation with Iran which would loosen sanctions against the nation in exchange for a commitment to no develop nuclear weapons, Pope Francis' desire that divorced Catholics continue to be welcomed into the church, and the Francis' continued commitment to creating a "Poor Church."

"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." (Nelson Mandela)

Today's Gospel: “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” (Matthew 15:28)

In the News:

  • Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton continues to face allegations of inappropriate communications during her time in office, keeping a large amount of Government information on her private email server which - some officials claim- violates the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI has begun to investigate the matter. The Clinton campaign insists that their candidate has avoided any incidence of wrongdoing, and still assert that the former Secretary of State had no idea that her behavior was suspect.
  • Late Tuesday evening, 24 individuals in Uttar Pradesh (a state in Northern India) were killed in a catastrophic train wreck that was triggered by a flash flood. Though the sub-continent’s railway system is the primary mode of transportation for many its 1.25 billion inhabitants, years of insufficient maintenance have left the railway in shambles, leading to increasing numbers of catastrophic wrecks. Last month, however, the Indian government released plans to invest $137 bn in the railway next year over the course of the next five years to mitigate similar problems in the future.
  • Today at American University, President Obama will give a much anticipated speech about his Iran negotiations, which would loosen sanctions against the nation in exchange for a commitment to not develop nuclear weapons and to abide by restrictions implemented by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). Every Republican presidential hopeful vocally oppose the deal, claiming no negotiations can be had with a nation of Iran’s history. The President, however, argues that to support this agreement is to support growing peace in the Middle Eastern nations.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • “People who started a new union after the defeat of their sacramental marriage are not at all excommunicated, and they absolutely must not be treated that way,” said Pope Francis this summer, expressing his desire that divorced Catholics continue to be welcomed into the Church. In the past, divorced Catholics have faced censure and even exclusion from their congregations. Pope Francis has sternly chastised this behavior, pointing out that, while creating a second marital union without an annulment continues to be forbidden by Church teachings, the ultimate goal of the Catholic community is the “salvation of persons”. 
  • Faith in Public Life yesterday released a statement reiterating the importance of Pope Francis's moral messages to the upcoming Presidential elections. To do so is to take a firm stand against “That economy kills. That economy excludes. That economy destroys Mother Earth.” Laudato Si and its messages about Climate Change as a vector for large scale global destruction and structural inequality remains central to Christian voters everywhere in the build up to the race for one of the highest political offices in the world. 
  • For the third summer in a row, Pope Francis has refused to adhere to the tradition of summering away from the Holy See in an Italian estate known as the “Papal Palace”. While locals bemoan the lack of tourists and revenue, many others applaud the Pope’s continued commitment to creating a “Poor Church” which focuses its resources and energies on serving its members, as opposed to investing in material pomp.

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