In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Vice President Biden officiating a wedding, the pope sending a letter to Olympic athletes, and Japan's Emperor making a rare public appearance.

“No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness: I shall not tire of repeating this warning to those who, for one reason or another, nourish feelings of hatred, a desire for revenge or the will to destroy." (Pope John Paul II)

Today's Gospel: “Give that to them for me and for you.” (Matthew 17:27)

In the News:

  • Japan’s beloved Emperor Akihito says it’s time to go. In a rare television address to the nation, the 82-year-old monarch said Monday that declining health has made it difficult for him to continue in his official capacity.
  • An Iranian nuclear scientist who once claimed he was kidnapped by the CIA has been executed after being accused of spying for the United States.
  • Thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded around the globe due to a system outage.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • By officiating at a same-sex wedding, Vice President Joe Biden as a prominent Catholic politician has created confusion over church teaching on marriage and "the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics," three U.S. bishops said Aug. 5.
  • On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.
  • Ahead of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Yusra Mardini, along with the nine other athletes that make up the Olympic Refugee Team were sent a letter by Pope Francis.

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