In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the newest data on the pace of U.S. job growth and the unemployment rate, Pope Francis message to Catholic nuns in the United States, and his visit to an optician in Rome that gathered crowds.
"The mystery of the poor is this--that they are Jesus." (Dorothy Day)
Today's Gospel: "Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’” (Luke 5:38-39)
In the News:
- On Friday, Donald Trump broke away from stances held by his rivals on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. Trump's statements in a lengthy interview on MSNBC came one day after signing the party's loyalty pledge. He called the Iran nuclear agreement, "a disastrous deal" and "a horrible contract," but said he would work with it. On gay marriage controversy in Rowan County, Kentucky, he said, "We are a nation of laws. The decision's been made, and that's the law of the land."
- It was never any secret that a rising tide of Syrian refugees would sooner or later burst the seams of the Middle East and head for Europe. Yet little was done in Western capitals to stop or mitigate the slow-motion disaster that was befalling Syrian civilians and sending them on the run. “The migrant crisis in Europe is essentially self-inflicted,” said Lina Khatib, a research associate at the University of London and until recently the head of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. “Had European countries sought serious solutions to political conflicts like the one in Syria, and dedicated enough time and resources to humanitarian assistance abroad, Europe would not be in this position today.”
- The pace of U.S. jobs growth cooled slightly last month, but the unemployment rate continued to fall, new government data showed Friday morning, providing a muddled picture of economic momentum as the Federal Reserve meets to consider its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. In August the nation added 173,000 jobs, shy of market expectations, while the unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent to 5.1 percent. That's the lowest mark since April 2008.
Pope Francis and church news:
- During a virtual Papal audience hosted by ABC News this week, Sister Norma Pimentel and Catholic nuns everywhere in the U.S. received words of love from Pope Francis. He said, “I want to thank you and through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the U.S. for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States. It's great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward. I'll tell you one other thing. Is it unseemly for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much."
- Images of drowned refugees are causing the British people to cry out for a more generous response to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe, according to an English cardinal. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said shocking images of bodies washed up on beaches in the Mediterranean are revealing “the human face of this suffering." The British government has refused to accept migrants fleeing wars and dire poverty in the Middle East and Africa at a time when hundreds of thousands of them are risking their lives to enter Western Europe.
- Pope Francis drew crowds for an unusual reason on Thursday - after slipping out of the Vatican to visit an optician. While the optician normally delivers new glasses to the Vatican, Pope Francis insisted on traveling to the shop in central Rome this time. In a profile in National Geographic magazine this month, Pope Francis is quoted as saying: "You know how often I've wanted to go walking through the streets of Rome - because in Buenos Aires, I liked to go for a walk in the city. I really liked to do that. In this sense, I feel a little penned in."
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