In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the death of a prominent Indian archbishop, Catholics supporting Louisiana, and reports of Russia conducting missions over Syria.
"Serve the Lord with laughter." (St. Padre Pio)
Today's Gospel: “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
In the News:
- Russians warplanes have conducted missions over Syria from an airbase in Iran -- the first time a major power has done so since the Islamic Revolution there in 1979.
- Donald Trump on Monday upped his call for action against radical Islam in an effort to reclaim the offensive on national security, proposing an ideological test to keep would-be immigrants with radical views out of the US.
- Pennsylvania's attorney general is expected to address her job status within days after she was convicted of leaking secret criminal files and then lying about it.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis sent a letter on Monday to express his sorrow over the loss of life and property in Portugal, where wildfires have killed at least 4 people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes.
- Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who lived through one of the worst Christian persecutions in modern India and spent the remainder of his life fighting for justice for those who suffered in the Kandhamal massacre, died Sunday at the age of 81.
- As Louisiana's governor announced the federal government had declared a major disaster for the state Saturday, Catholic churches in the Baton Rouge diocese called for volunteers to help those displaced by extreme flooding and asked flood victims what assistance they needed.
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