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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Donald Trump's interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN, Pope Francis' efforts to forge stronger relationships between Catholicism and other religions, and the LDS Church historic development that gives women significant, permanent, official voices in church leadership.

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." (St. Augustine)

Today's Gospel: "Many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:14)

In the News:

  • In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo yesterday, Donald Trump took on an array of people and topics including Hillary Clinton's email controversy, Jeb Bush, immigration, the military, trade, his family, and even Pope Francis. He told Cuomo, "I'd say, 'ISIS wants to get you (Pope Francis)..You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican?" While, he later said: "I'm gonna have to scare the Pope because it's the only thing," he also noted: "I have great respect for the Pope. I like the Pope. I actually like him. He's becoming very political, there's no question about it. But I like him. He seems like a pretty good guy."
  • California’s drought was spawned by natural weather variations that have impacted the West throughout recorded history. But a new study released Thursday says human-caused global warming is worsening the natural phenomenon. The study by Columbia University’s Earth Institute isn’t the first to say warming has played a key role in fueling California’s dry conditions, but it’s the first to measure its impact, predicting that it increased the problem by as much as 25 percent.
  • First Lt. Shaye Haver, 25 and First Lt. Kristen Griest, 26 put a spotlight on the long-simmering debate over how far the military should go in allowing women into combat roles when they become the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School on Friday. In 2013, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave the armed services until this fall to petition senior defense officials if they wanted to keep any jobs closed to women. Even after Griest and Haver have earned the prestigious Ranger Tab, women across the Army remain ineligible to seek membership in the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, which conducts raids and other Special Operations missions. But that lingering barrier to women may fall in the coming months.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis stirred tension after being photographed in the Vatican holding a sign calling for Argentine-UK talks about the Falkland Islands, called Malvinas in Argentina. The pontiff is from Argentina. He received the sign from Gustavo Hoyo, leader of a campaign for dialogue on the islands, during a papal audience. A senior Vatican official told the BBC that Pope Francis "did not know and did not realize what was written on it."
  • It shouldn't surprise anyone if Pope Francis talks in Philadelphia about forging stronger relationships between Catholicism and other religions. This has already become one of the hallmarks of his young papacy, especially with Muslims and Jews. When Francis traveled to the Holy Land last May, he asked two his close friends to go with him: Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires and Omar Abboud, the leader of Buenos Aires' Islamic community. While in Argentina, Jim Gardner of WPVI-TV's Action News interviewed the two religious men who plan to be in Philadelphia with Francis in September--it is said the Pope likes to travel with friends.
  • The LDS Church has added women to three major committees, a historic development that gives women significant, permanent, official voices in church leadership. Tuesday's significant changes in church structure are a continuation of movement and progress made on issues of concern to women in the church. For many years, LDS leaders have held discussions with women inside and outside of church leadership. Other changes for women in the church in the past three years include new leadership roles for sister missionaries, the inclusion of more women in congregation leadership meetings known as ward councils and prayers by women at semiannual general conference meetings.

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