In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the City of Ferguson's new amnesty on warrants, an analysis on how Pope Francis challenges both the left and the right of America, and Pope Francis' handmade chair for his visit to prison in Philadelphia.

"Let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." (Maya Angelou)

Today's Reading: "With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us." (Thessalonians 2:8)

In the News:

  • The City of Ferguson, Mo., announced Monday that it was withdrawing thousands of arrest warrants for municipal violations in an effort to prevent the incarceration of people who cannot pay fines and fees. This measure comes in response to the sharp criticism of its court system and goes beyond a state law set to take effect on Friday that limits the amount of money municipalities can keep from minor traffic offenses and imposes safeguards on the amount of time people can be locked up for failing to pay fines and fees.
  • The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine did not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study. The authors say that offsets created under a UN scheme "significantly undermined" efforts to tackle climate change. The credits may have increased emissions by 600 million tonnes. The Stockholm Environment Institute reported that the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" - no actual emissions were reduced.
  • Satellite images show that the world's fastest moving glacier lost a piece of ice measuring nearly 5 square miles over two days. The European Space Agency (ESA) estimates that the ice that fell off of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland is about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) thick, meaning that the piece lost has a volume of about 17.5 cubic km, which is enough to cover the island of Manhattan in a layer of ice almost 1,000 feet deep.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis will have a nice place to sit when he meets with Philadelphia prisoners after inmates built a stately chair hand-carved from walnut. The chair was made and refinished at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, one of six jails in the municipal system. Next it will be upholstered at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where Francis plans to meet on 27 September with about 100 prisoners and their relatives during a two-day trip to the city.
  • Pope Francis has a jam-packed two-day schedule Sept. 23-24 when he visits Washington. But the opportunities for the public to see the pope in person during his Washington stay appear to be limited. “Tickets to the canonization mass over at the Basilica, there’s a very limited number of them, due to the small size of the venue,” says Chieko Noguchi, spokeswoman for the Washington Archdiocese.  The mass on the east portico of the Basilica is expected to be attended by about 25,000 on the grounds of Catholic University.
  • During such a polarizing election season, the Pope has become a prominent moral figure that both parties are attempting to align themselves with. But, both Democrats and Republicans hold viewpoints that are at odds with the Catholic Church and the Pope. In NCR, Michael Sean Winters looks at how the Argentinian Pontiff both challenges the left and the right on many of today's pressing issues.

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