In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another horrific tragedy involving migrants fleeing persecution, Vice President Biden's serious bid for the White House, and a new brew from Manayunk Brewing Co. based out of Philadelphia called Papal Pleasure.
"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)
Today's Reading: "Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all," (Thessalonians 3:11-12)
In the News:
- The bodies of at least 20 refugees -- and as many as 50 -- were found Thursday in a tractor-trailer abandoned by the side of the road in in eastern Austria near the Hungarian border, according to news media reports. The nationalities weren't yet identified but many suspect they came from North Africa, which is sending an increasing number of refugees to Europe.
- Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a bid for the White House. Sources say Biden will not be rushed into a decision and that he's weighing the toll another campaign will take on his family. Biden's son, Beau, had encouraged his father to run for president before his death in the spring.
- During a visit to New Orleans today, President Obama will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in city before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and also celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Manayunk Brewing Co., based out of Philadelphia, recently created a brew they're calling Papal Pleasure, a Belgian amber ale that's a nod to the pontiff's Argentine roots. Across the region, people are coming up with stuff to remember His Holiness, such as a chair made by prison inmates.
- A new article by Catholic New Agency explores the faith behind Andy Warhol's famous works of art. Warhol's humble upbringing and abiding faith contributed to making him one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.
- President Obama will seek unity with Pope Francis as he visits the United States in September. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including global warming, poverty and diplomacy with Iran and Cuba.
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