In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Hungary's leader Viktor Orban's comments on the migrant crisis, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's order to Parliament regarding the Iran deal, and the meaning of Pope Francis' address to Congress.
"Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord's loving heart." (Pope Benedict XVI)
Today's Gospel: "Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.' When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him." (Luke 5:10)
In the News:
- Hungary's leader says the migrant crisis facing Europe is a "German problem" since Germany is where those arriving in the EU "would like to go". Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary would not allow migrants to leave its territory without registering. His comments came as Hungarian authorities opened the main rail station in Budapest to hundreds of migrants after a two-day stand-off.
- Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered Parliament to vote on an agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program, the state news media reported on Thursday, announcing his decision a day after President Obama secured enough votes to ensure approval of the deal in the United States. Parliament is expected to approve the agreement.
- Donald Trump took a jab Wednesday at Jeb Bush for using Spanish to dismiss the mogul's conservative credibility. "I like Jeb," Trump told Breitbart News. "He's a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States." Trump was referring to the former Florida governor's comments to reporters on Tuesday about Trump's policies. "El hombre no es conservador," Bush said, which translates to, "This man is not a conservative."
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Catholic Church teaches that premarital sex, gay marriage, contraception, and divorce are wrong — but a major survey ahead of Pope Francis' trip to the United States finds that much of his American flock does not agree. The new poll by the Pew Research Center reveals that Americans who identify as Catholic are surprisingly open to non-traditional families, and many don't see birth control, cohabitation, remarriage or gay sex as sins — no matter what the Vatican says.
- In TIME, Executive Director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good discusses Pope Francis' new announcement on abortion. He writes, "The willingness of Pope Francis to understand abortion as a societal failure can help end the ancient lie that abortion is simply the result of the personal failure of an individual woman. Make no mistake: this is the Francis way." Later, he continues, "While Francis hasn’t in any way changed the Catholic Church’s teaching on the grave immorality of abortion, he is suggesting that Christians accompany those who have had abortions in a more compassionate way."
- Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner — two high-profile Catholic politicians — the visual of Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress will signal an evolving narrative. The improbability of a pope standing before a joint meeting of Congress comes in an era of wider acceptance of the Catholic faith as it intersects with public life and US politics, and indicates a comfort level between the two that wouldn’t have been imaginable several decades ago, observers said.
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