In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include news of evacuations due to wire fires that continue to spread across California and Washington state, a high ranking Jesuit's support of married clergy, and a request to meet with Pope Francis from members of Colombian guerrilla fighting forces.

"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another." (Thomas Merton)

Today's Gospel: "Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last." (Matthew 20:16)

In the News:

  • More evacuations have been ordered as wildfires continue to spread across California and Washington state.  More than 1,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Central California, as a previously-contained fire began to spread again this week.  Over 400 California National Guard soldiers are being trained to fight fires, as well as thousands of volunteers and public employees.
  • The White House has hired its first transgender staff member, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, as an outreach and recruitment director for the presidential staff.  Her hire marks a key step in the fight for LGBTQ equality and demonstrates the Obama administration's support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights. Freedman-Gurspan previously served as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • Allies of Hillary Clinton are worried about the effect the Justice Department's investigation into the 2016 Presidential Candidate's email server will have on her campaign and supporters.  Though Clinton insists that the investigation is part of the "same old partisan games" that plague elections, supporters of Clinton worry that her initial reluctance to comply with the Justice Department's requests does not bode well for her campaign.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Members of Colombian guerrilla fighting forces have asked to meet with Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in late September. The fifty five year conflict among left leaning dissidents, right leaning dissidents, an infamously strong band of drug cartels and the Colombian government has left the country in shambles and claimed 7 million lives. Colombia, being one of the most Catholic nations in the world, has all sides reaching out with Hope to Pope Francis, as all sides are ready for the brokering of Peace.
  • A high ranking Jesuit came out this week in favor of married clergy. Father Michael Garanzini, Chancellor of Loyala college, pointed out that the church already has married priests in the form of Anglican converts, and that both congregations and clergy members have been healthier as a result. He says that Pope Francis has renewed his hope that this reform will happen not just in the Church, but in his lifetime.
  • Carolyn Woo, director of Catholic relief services, reminds Catholics that Capitalism isn't inherently toxic. Though a Pope Francis fan, she reminds the faithful that capitalism can lead to good things too; like upward mobility, financial security, and flexible employment.

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