In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the realities of poverty and routine violence in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, Pope Francis' efforts at creating peace in North Korea, and the Pope's likely stance on the Iran Deal.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Today's Reading: "As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into his Kingdom and glory." (Thessalonians 2:11-12)
In the News:
- A gunman killed a reporter and videographer for a CBS affiliate in Virginia in a shooting that was broadcast live Wednesday morning. The affiliate, WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, reports that police are looking for a suspect. Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, a reporter and cameraman respectively for WDBJ-TV, died in the shooting, the station's general manager, Jeff Marks, said during a broadcast later in the morning. Marks said that Parker and Ward died shortly after 6:45 a.m. when the shots rang out.
- Donald Trump is under media fire after throwing Jorge Ramos, a prominent Mexican-American TV journalist, out of his press conference Tuesday night in Iowa. Ramos and Trump had a heated exchange over Trump's immigration policy and stance on birthright citizenship when Ramos was allowed back in later in the evening. Ramos said the "use of force to suppress freedom of expression worried him," while Trump stated that Ramos was "out of order."
- A few days short of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Campbell Robertson and Richard Fausset write in the New York Times about what has come of the city since. In New Orleans, "as before, there are two cities here. One is booming, more vibrant than ever, still beautiful in its best-known neighborhoods and expanding into places once written off; the other is returning to pre-Katrina realities of poverty and routine violence, but with a new sense of dislocation for many as well."
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis continues to play the role of peacemaker- this time in North Korea. Familial separation that has existed since the war in the 1950s may be at an end, if talks continue peaceably. A part of the Holy Father's influence can be derived from the growing number of Catholics: in 1960, South Korea had only half a million Catholics. Now, that number has risen to 5.5 million people; a number that comprises 11% of the population.
- A recent survey found that American Christians and Catholics alike are changing the ways they think about suicide, most primarily in their hesitancy over condemning suicidal souls as bound for Hell. Catholics were most likely to believe individuals who took their own lives were still eligible for salvation, while evangelical Protestants were least likely. Regardless of denominational differences, it's clear that new understandings of mental health are changing the way faith communities think and talk about sin.
- As America excitedly anticipates the Pope's arrival, it's looking increasingly likely that he will speak in support of the Iran Deal when he addresses congress in September. The Iran Deal, which trades lifted economic sanctions in favor of Iran's nuclear disarmament has been met with widespread international support. In an incredibly Catholic Congress, however, a small and vocal GOP dissent crew continues to slow the deal's progress. Pope Francis's predicted support of this deal is seen as huge boost in the agreement's credibility; for American legislatures and citizens alike.
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