In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Donald's Trump failure to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly states that President Obama is Muslim, Pope Francis ask to audit the process of choosing bishops, and the Archdiocese of Washington's plan to fit 25,000 people in to Junipero Serra's canonization mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'" (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Today's Reading: "For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith" (1 Timothy 6:10)
In the News:
- GOP leaders continue to threaten the government with shutdown over their push to defund Planned Parenthood, and Obama becomes incresingly adament about reforms as he comes to the close of his presidency. This is a path the Republican Party’s right flank has been down several times before since 2011, and they’ve never succeeded in achieving the policy outcome for which they began their fight in the first place. But the right swears that this time the shutdown it will be different.
- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined Thursday to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim. "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," said the first man Trump called on to ask a question. He continued, "We know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American." Trump, who was a driver of the "birther" movement that claimed Obama wasn't born in the U.S, first responded with feigned exasperation — "We need the question," he said, to laughs — but let the man continue.
- Migrants flooding into Croatia are being "moved on" Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic says, adding that his country cannot become a "migrant hotspot". Up to 20 buses carried migrants to the Hungary border, although Hungary says it is building a new fence there. Croatia has closed seven of its eight road crossings to Serbia after 14,000 migrants entered over the past two days seeking passage to northern Europe. Slovenia, another neighbour of Croatia, accused Croatia of breaking EU rules. The huge numbers heading north through the Balkans have triggered an EU crisis. Many are fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis' altar for mass is steadily rising on Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución they day before his trip to Cuba and then to the US, which will be the longest of his Pontificate. And looming large over that stage gazes an immense portrait of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. During his latest trip to South America, the pope made some of his strongest ever criticisms of capitalism. These remarks highlight the pope’s staunch anti-capitalism, as well as an antagonism to those who advocate it. Today, almost 50 years since the death of Guevara, Pope Francis, with his barely concealed attacks on the capitalist United States, is renewing the call for global revolution.
- Pope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the Church vets, identifies, and appoints bishops around the world, looking particularly at the qualities needed in a bishop today. Near the end of the council’s meetings with the pope Sept. 14-16, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, briefed reporters on its work. While one of the main tasks of the nine-member council is to assist Pope Francis with the ongoing reorganization of the Roman Curia, Lombardi said that from the beginning, Pope Francis said he wanted the group to advise him on matters of Church governance in general.
- The largest Catholic church in the Americas isn't nearly big enough to hold everyone who wants to see Pope Francis perform a Mass of canonization next week. Instead, the pope will canonize Junipero Serra from a temporary sanctuary that's being built on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The church can comfortably seat 3,500 people, and up to 10,000 can cram inside on special occasions like Easter. But the pope's visit is more than that. The Archdiocese of Washington is distributing 25,000 tickets to the Mass next Wednesday.
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