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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Bernie Sanders' comprehensive racial and criminal justice plan that includes proposals to preserve voting rights and protects adjacent racial violence, the declaration of "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation", and the politics of Pope Francis' upcoming address to Congress.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." (Harper Lee)

Today's Gospel: "In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Matthew 18:14)

In the News:

  • After facing protests from black activists, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled a comprehensive racial and criminal justice plan Monday. Sanders, who has often spoken about running a police department as mayor of Burlington, promises to “reinvent how we police America” and packaged his criminal justice plan with proposals to preserve voting rights and protect against racial violence.
  • In the midst of a spasm of tension in Ferguson, Missouri, on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, several heavily armed men carrying assault rifles and flak jackets appeared, and they weren't cops. Instead, they said they were members of the Oath Keepers, and claimed to have been hired to protect reporters working for InfoWars.com.
  • The Greek government said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal with its international creditors for a third bailout, though a number of European officials expressed caution. The rescue plan, outlined in a 20-hour negotiating session in an Athens hotel, would provide aid worth up to 86 billion euros, or about $94.4 billion, to Greece in exchange for harsh austerity terms. It also acknowledged that the economy has been so severely damaged that it is now likely to wallow in recession through at least next year.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • On Monday, Pope Francis declared that September 1st will officially become the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" in the Catholic Church. The timing of the prayer gives the pope another method of focusing global attention on climate change. In Paris in December, world leaders will gather in hopes of negotiating a new agreement on carbon emissions, one that puts the world on a path for less than 2 degrees of warming.
  • As the Pope's address to Congress nears, both Republicans and Democrats are preparing for his visit, but neither can quite claim him for their own. While the pope thrills Democrats with his teachings on climate change, social justice and immigration, his message on life and the Catholic Church's traditional opposition to abortion comfort Republicans.
  • How young is too young to talk to your kids about religion? PBS' Wendy Thomas Russell answers this question in her new book: “Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious.” She writes, "for purposes of planning, count on kicking things off around kindergarten. If you wait a little longer, that’s fine. But do keep in mind that the longer you wait, the harder the transition is likely to be. By eight, your child will probably have picked up a lot of things from peers; he might even be worried about what he’s hearing, or feel an inexplicable lack of belonging."

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