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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the death of a staunch Catholic environmentalist, the pope having lunch with refugees, and Trump doubling down on attacking the president.

"The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it." (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)

Today's Gospel: “So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” (Matthew 18:35)

In the News:

  • Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attack on President Barack Obama, doubling down on his accusation that he’s a founder of the Islamic State and claiming that both Obama and Hillary Clinton remain the terrorist group’s most valuable players.
  • Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment Thursday as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it will keep marijuana illegal for any purpose.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice-presidential running mate Sen. Tim Kaine will release new tax returns in the coming days, according to a person close to Clinton.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls of racial division and spoke about the importance of moral leadership as the best way to combat the growing division among citizens in the United States.
  • Environmentalists are mourning the death of Charity Sr. Paula Gonzalez, a Cincinnati nun who spent the last 45 years of her life advocating for renewable energy. Gonzalez, 83, died July 31 at the Charity Sisters’ Ohio motherhouse.
  • Pope Francis had lunch with a group of 21 Syrian refugees on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta.

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