In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the myth of the new orleans school makeover, President Obama's historic trip to Alaska's Arctic Circle, and Pope Francis' anticipated visit to Ground Zero in September.

"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." (Desmond Tutu)

Today's Reading: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." (Luke 4:18)

In the News:

  • Was Hurricane Katrina “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans,” as Education Secretary Arne Duncan once said? Nearly 10 years after the disaster, this has become a dominant narrative among a number of school reformers and education scholars. But the New Orleans miracle is not all it seems.
  • President Barack Obama is set to become the first serving U.S. president to witness firsthand the impact of global warming in Alaska’s Arctic Circle when he visits the state this week to press for urgent action against climate change. But many activists have charged him with hypocrisy following his administration’s recent decision to formalize Royal Dutch Shell’s permit to drill for oil off Alaska’s northwest coast.
  • Kathleen Meese, an upstate New York schoolteacher, plunked down $25,000 five years ago for “Gold Elite” courses at Trump University. But Meese later complained to New York state regulators she was conned. “For $25,000, I have a lifetime membership to nothing!" Meese is one of more than 150 former Trump University students whose complaints are the basis for a $40 million lawsuit against Trump brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis continues to speak out against human cruelty, this time in terms of the migrant deaths in Austria. He calls the 71 Syrian refugees left to suffocate in the back of a vehicle an "offense to the entire human family", and asks for global action to prevent further unnecessary anguish.
  • Pope Francis's much anticipated American visit will close with a trip to New York, where he will visit Ground Zero in solidarity with the victims-American, Korean, Indian, and many more- who suffered innocently from the massacre on September 11th.
  • Pope Francis, the first Pope to hail from Argentina, has noted cultural differences from his predecessors; one of the primary of which being a lack of enthusiasm surrounding high profile networking. Pope Francis, in his eventful tenure as Pontiff, has focused his energies primarily on preaching and peacemaking- specifically in poorer countries where the messages of political Catholicism are more common. His trip to America, then, will be an entirely new chapter.

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