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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Trump saying he'll be tougher on Clinton in the next debate, bloodshed continuing in Aleppo, and a new study shows a quarter of U.S. adults have no religious affiliation.

"You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all." (St. Therese of Lisieux)

Today's Gospel: “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” (Luke 9:54)

In the News:

  • Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that Hillary Clinton did not get under his skin during their first debate and suggested he may “hit her harder” in their next encounter by raising the subject of former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities.
  • At least 26 people have been killed, including six children, in airstrikes from Monday, which have targeted rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
  • An FDNY battalion chief was killed and several others – including seven police officers — were injured when a drug lab inside a Bronx house exploded early Tuesday.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis has made the Catholic Church's saint-making process harder with tough new rules on the approval of miracles while banning the use of cash payments to doctors involved in the process.
  • At a briefing for journalists at the Holy See press office on Monday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke gave details of Pope Francis’ forthcoming three day visit to the republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan.
  • A quarter of U.S. adults do not affiliate with any religion, a new study shows -- an all-time high in a nation where large swaths of Americans are losing faith.

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