In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a final agreement on an international trade deal, a warning from NATO to Russia, and the pope discusses challenges to family life.
"The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better." (Robert F. Kennedy)
Today's Gospel: "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27)
In the News:
- The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia.
- NATO officials issued a warning to Russia on Monday, and the United States began what officials called urgent consultations with Turkey, after Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Russian warplane that entered its airspace over the weekend.
- Coast Guard officials said Monday that they believed a cargo ship that went missing in the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin had sunk. Coast Guard aircraft continued on Monday to search for survivors of the ship, El Faro, a day after finding a large amount of debris floating near its last known position.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In a world filled with challenges to marriage and family life, the Catholic Church is called "to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love," Pope Francis said at the Mass opening the world Synod of Bishops on the family.
- The director of the Holy See press office has issued a statement in response to Vatican official Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa's declaration in a recent interview that he is homosexual and has a boyfriend.
- At the first session of the keenly anticipated Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis called on the roughly 300 prelates gathered in Rome not to wheel and deal on issues like a legislature, but to be guided by divine inspiration in their deliberations and discussions.
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