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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the the most recent failed effort by the Republican party to stop the Iran nuclear agreement from taking effect, the GOP candidate that is matching Trumps' numbers in the most recent polls, and the meaning of the Pontiff's upcoming speech to American bishops.

"How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being." (Hafiz)

Today's Gospel: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?" (Luke 7:31)

In the News:

  • Democratic senators Tuesday blocked for the second time an attempt by Republicans to stop the Iran nuclear agreement from taking effect. Senators voted 56-42 in favor of bringing to the floor a resolution of disapproval opposing the Iran deal — four votes shy of the 60 Republican leaders need to advance the resolution. The votes spare President Obama from having to veto a disapproval resolution since it will not come to his desk. Some are calling this "the most determined, strategic success of his presidency."
  • As big names fall, and Donald J. Trump sees only a modest gain, Ben Carson no longer has to look ahead to see who is leading in polls: he can just look to his side. Mr. Carson has amassed considerable new support from Republican primary and caucus voters and is now running nearly even with Mr. Trump as their pick for the party’s presidential nomination, according to a new New York Times/CBS News poll.
  • Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero. With the job market now considered essentially recovered from the Great Recession, many economists say it's time to start edging toward normal rates.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Many are anticipating the Pope's address to Congress, but his more intimate addresses have so far escaped intense scrutiny. Nonetheless, they hold potential to be among the most consequential of his speeches, particularly his prayer service with US bishops. Next Wednesday, Francis will gather with about 300 American bishops at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. If the pope’s tough speeches to bishops during past apostolic visits are any indication, US bishops should prepare for more than just a papal pep rally.
  • Disagreements over saint-making rarely rise to the level of wide popular interest, and the ceremonies themselves are often celebrations largely for those who have advocated and financed the new saint’s cause. Junípero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan friar who came from Spain to California to evangelize its indigenous population, is another case entirely. It is likely that the adjective “controversial” will long accompany any mention of his canonization, which will occur Sept. 23 at a ceremony celebrated by Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.
  • Pope Francis says he has felt “used” by people claiming to be his friend since he became pontiff. “I never had so many quote-unquote ‘friends’ as now. Everyone is the pope’s friend,” Francis said in a telephone interview with radio station Milenium in his native Argentina. “I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn’t seen more than once or twice in my life. They have used that to their own benefit. But it’s an experience we all go through.”
  • If you want to know where Pope Francis is during his visit to the United States, be sure to follow the schedule here so you don't miss any of the excitement.

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