In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the GOP debates' winners and losers, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' counter lawsuit alleging that Gov. Steve Bashear improperly instructed clerks to abide by the US Supreme Court'd decision in June that legalized gay marriage, and what Pope Francis was like when he lived in Argentina and went by Jorge Bergoglio.

“The one who has hope lives differently.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

Today's Gospel: So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love." (Luke 7:47)

In the News:

  • Last night, fifteen Republican candidates spent the better part of five hours debating at the Ronald Reagan presidential library on Wednesday night. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post analyzed the winners and the losers, with Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio leading the charge, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul amongst the losers, and Donald Trump coming in somewhere in the middle.
  • One day after Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis returned to work following a stint in jail for defying a federal judge, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals shot down another of her requests to delay issuing the licenses. After four couples sued Davis for refusing them licenses, she filed a counter lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear, alleging that he improperly instructed clerks to abide by the US Supreme Court’s decision in June that legalized gay marriage.
  • Although Germany has temporarily placed tight controls on the border across the country’s south to stem the tide of people seeking asylum, the government is intent on assimilating those it lets in. With at least 800,000 migrants expected this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the nation’s biggest businesses have been mounting a vocal campaign to get migrants into jobs as a way of quickly integrating them into German society.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Have we hit “Peak Pope” even before he arrives for his first-ever US trip? Is the honeymoon finally over? Is “Francis fatigue” the new normal Actually, no. Or at least not yet. Polls over the past few months have shown that his ratings have remained consistent and favorable amongst the American people and Catholics. 
  • When Pope Francis steps into Revolution Square in Havana Sunday morning to lead an outdoor mass, he’ll surely be cheered by multitudes of jubilant Cubans. USA Today's Rick Jervis writes, "But the millions watching around the globe may wonder which version of Pope Francis shows up: The Great Reformer who candidly challenges the country's communist leaders and champions the oppressed? Or a Vatican leader with socialist leanings who acquiesces to the political status quo and faults the USA for continuing to strangle the island economically?"
  • "Before Bergoglio, there were two churches — one of the poor and the other one being the official church," said Father Lorenzo De Vedia, an Our Lady of Caacupe priest whom parishioners address simply as Toto. De Vedia recalled the future pope while sitting in his cramped parish hall office, built with concrete blocks behind a former truck loading bay, and tucked inside what was once an industrial building. "He was a novelty in that he promoted a closeness between the hierarchy and the barrios," De Vedia said. "He was with us in every sense."

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