In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the discovery of fossil fragments belonging to a new species of human relative, Stephen Colbert's interview with Father Thomas Rosica, and the urgency for Church leaders to affirm the place of Latinos in the Church and inspire them to stay in the fold. 

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." (Winston Churchill) 

Today's Gospel: "But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back" (Luke 6:35).

In the News:

  • On Wednesday, during a teleconference for the media hosted by the National Geographic Society, American paleoanthropologist Lee Berger announced the discovery of fossil fragments belonging to a new species of human relative they are calling Homo naledi. He said, “It was soon apparent that what I thought was an individual skeleton was dozens of is already practically the best-known fossil member of our lineage."
  • A Baltimore judge today denied the defendants' motion to move the Freddie Gray trials out of Baltimore. "The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic. They think for themselves," Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Williams said. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams heard arguments from the officers' attorneys, who asserted that the officers couldn't receive a fair trial in the city.
  • Conservative House Republicans forced an abrupt about-face from party leaders Wednesday as a rule to debate a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal was scrapped in favor of an approach involving votes on three related measures. The first measure specifies that the Obama administration had not properly submitted the accord to Congress. The second is a bound-to-fail vote to approve the deal, and a third would prevent Obama from lifting congressionally mandated sanctions on Iran. Debate and votes began today.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis will arrive in the United States on Sept. 22, carrying the hopes of many for what he might do for American Catholicism. But few of these goals have as much urgency for Church leaders as affirming the place of Latinos in the Church and inspiring them to stay in the fold. About 38 percent of adult Catholics in the United States are Latino, according to the CARA research center at Georgetown University, and they are already the majority in several dioceses.
  • Shortly before he took over the reins for David Letterman on CBS’s The Late Show, Stephen Colbert sat down with Father Thomas Rosica, media attaché to the Holy See Press Office and CEO of Salt and Light Television based in Toronto, Canada, and poured his heart out about his job, his devout faith, and Pope Francis. The extensive exclusive interview airs in full on Rosica’s interview program Witness on Sept. 13. The Daily Beast got a sneak preview.
  • Pope Francis has again colorfully stressed the need for mercy and forgiveness inside the Catholic community, saying bluntly during his daily homily today that “if you do not know how to forgive, you are not Christian.” Reflecting on continuing news of wars around the globe, the pontiff said in his homily that war is not only taking place in the political world but “also in our Christian communities, between us.” Forgiveness, the pope said, is a “key word” of Jesus. If you do not forgive, said Francis, “you do not do what the Lord did."

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