In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include minority leader Nancy Pelosi's comments suggesting that is is unlikely that Congress will halt the Iran Nuclear Deal, the retrofitted Jeep Wrangler that will serve as the Popemobile during Francis' time in the the U.S. in September, and Senator Bernie Sanders' revolution.
"My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference" (Jimmy Carter)
Today's Gospel: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)
In the News:
- Barack Obama has enough votes to get the Iran deal through the House of Representatives, despite Republican efforts to block the historic nuclear accord, the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, has said. With a Senate vote looking increasingly secure for the president, Pelosi’s comments suggest it is now extremely unlikely that Congress will halt the deal. Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said on Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press that she was confident House Democrats would have the votes if necessary to see the Iran deal through.
- More than 70 firefighting experts from Australia and New Zealand will travel to the United States to help tackle deadly wildfires across the West as local officials warned they could not keep up with the spread of the flames. The international contingent will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Sunday for a briefing and then be sent to areas including California, Oregon and Washington.
- As 1,800 supporters jumped out of their seats and pumped their fists last Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered the message they had come to hear. We will “give these guys an offer they can’t refuse,” he shouted in the jam-packed gym, vowing to bust up the banks, bring down the billionaire class and smash the political establishment. By overtaking Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire in some polls and drawing tens of thousands of people to his events on the West Coast, as well as thousands in Iowa and Nevada, Mr. Sanders has recaptured the enthusiasm that fueled the 2008 Obama campaign.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Immigrants chosen to build a chair for Pope Francis’ Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden next month are putting the final touches on their labor of love. "We are very excited,” said director of Don Bosco Workers Gonzalo Cruz, 36. “The pope cares about immigrant workers and workers’ rights. The Archdiocese, that’s why they chose us. Pope Francis talks about justice, working for the people in need. It’s very symbolic."
- This past Sunday, Trump repeatedly told Meet the Press host, Chuck Todd, that the 11 million people who entered the country illegally must be deported. Trump added that their children who were born in the United States would have to be deported as well. With Trump's immigration policy now public, those who follow Christ have the opportunity to examine what Christianity teaches about showing hospitality to the immigrants and the vulnerable among us. Here are five scriptures to note.
- Pope Francis will use a retrofitted Jeep Wrangler as a Popemobile during his September visit to the United States, similar to the one the pontiff used last month while driving around Ecuador, the Holy See Press Office said this week. In the past, Francis has used an open Popemobile to move through crowds whenever possible. In a 2014 interview, the pontiff said using a bulletproof Popemobile to travel is like being confined to a “sardine can,” one that cuts him off from other people. “It’s true that anything could happen,” the 78-year-old Francis added, “but let’s face it, at my age, I don’t have much to lose.”
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