In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Obama administration's complex relationship with diplomatic relations with Libya, Archbishop Wenski's strong support of Obama's Clean Power Plan, and the number of people anticipated in Philadelphia when the Pope arrives.
"If you spend all your time trying to be on the winning team, you risk turning your back on the losers, and no: that is not worth it. So we fight the long defeat." (Dr. Paul Farmer)
Today's Psalm: "The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad. Clouds and darkness are round about him, justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne." (Psalm 97:1-2)
In the News:
- The Obama administration continues to grapple with complexities posed by diplomatic relations with Libya. The State Department, in an effort to aid in prevention of terrorist activities, faces the tension faced by serving many north African countries: knowing that a small scale intervention will likely instigate more problems and a large scale intervention could become "another Iraq". After significantly escalated militia violence, remaining U.S. personnel were evacuated in July.
- This evening, after the much anticipated GOP debate, President Obama will be delivering a statement calling for a re-implementation of the Voting Rights Act, as it was initially signed into law 50 years ago today. Democrats are in the process of introducing legislation that will protect voter rights, but are facing intense opposition from their Republican colleagues.
- Latin America's longest running conflict may be in view of a peace agreement. The conflict between Columbian government forces and leftist guerrilla fighters has stretched out over the past fifty years, This spring, government forces collaborated with rebel fighters to clear land mines throughout the nation's countryside, which have taken 2,000 lives over the past 25 years alone. The primary issue being resolved right now is whether guerrilla forces will be imprisoned after peace is established, and if so, for how long. This will have a profound effect on willingness to lay down arms.
Pope Francis and church news:
- After releasing a letter to Congress in late June about the importance of Pope Francis's environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, Archbishop Wenski has come out in strong support of Obama's Clean Power Plan. The President's plan, released on Monday, is a comprehensive approach to dealing with climate change; an issue that Pope Francis has established as one of the primary moral issues of our time.
- Pope Francis has already begun celebrations for next year's world youth day by being the first to officially--and gleefully--sign up. "I wanted to be the one to open registration and with this electronic device I have signed up for the day as a pilgrim," he proclaimed in his Angelus address on July 26. The tradition was begun by Pope John Paul II in 1984 to bring together Catholic young people in the spirit of redemption and jubilee.
- Philadelphia will be hosting Pope Francis next month, but the crowds are projected to be monumental. 1.5 million individuals are projected to be attending the Holy Father's public mass in front of the Art museum, and visitors are advised that this is probably the best chance to catch Francis in person.
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