In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Jimmy Carter's somber announcement, the President of Catholic Relief Services views on capitalism, and a federal judge's ruling on Wednesday that — despite religious objections — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?" (Dorothy Day)

Today's Gospel: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)

In the News:

  • On Wednesday, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. The 39th United States President said, “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare,” Carter, 90, said in a statement. “A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.” 
  • The massive explosions in China's northern city of Tianjin are now known to have killed at least 50 people. More than 700 have been injured and hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of casualties. The blasts, at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals, destroyed tower blocks and burned out thousands of cars. The fireball could be seen from space. As authorities continue to investigate, the death tolls are climbing.
  • A refrigerated truck packed with explosives detonated in a busy market Thursday, killing at least 60 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State and marking one of the bloodiest strikes in Baghdad since the militants’ rise last year. The blast struck the sprawling Jamila market in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City while it was packed with early-morning traders buying wholesale supplies for their stores.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Stephen Seufert, Director of Keystone Catholics, wrote about the widening divide between the values of Pope Francis and the values of the various Republican Presidential candidates. He wrote, "With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it's perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues?"
  • Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services discusses where she differs from Pope Francis on her views of Capitalism. Woo described capitalism as “a tool” that can be used for good or bad. She said, “I think it’s scary for me to see that this is a system where much good can happen and much harm can happen, and that people choose to use it for harm. That is the scary part.”
  • A federal judge ruled Wednesday that — despite religious objections — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or risk setting a “dangerous precedent.” But despite a federal injunction, one same-sex couple said they had already been turned away on Thursday morning. In a 28-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found that Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has interfered with a now-fundamental right to marry by denying licenses to four couples based on her private religious beliefs.

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