In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include federal inmates being released from prison, congress debates who will be the new speaker, and a gay former student of Pope Francis comes to his defense over a controversial meeting.

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." (Viktor Frankl)

Today's Gospel: "'Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.'" (Luke 11:28)

In the News:

  • This month, 6,000 inmates are going to be released from federal prisons. This act spearheads the incipient plans of the Obama administration to ease overcrowding of the American prison system; specifically by re-addressing terms faced by non-violent offenders. This will be the largest release in American history, and is a response of bi-partisan outrage over the state of mass incarcerations in the United States.
  • Congress continues to dread the difficulties posed by electing a new speaker of the house. Representative Chaffetz and Representative McCarthy are the most favored contenders, and both would need 218 votes to secure the position. McCarthy has at least thirty archconservatives in opposition to his nomination, and both sides of the aisle fear continued chaos.
  • Russia has escalated it's Syrian involvement, and asks for America to do the same. NATO has warned Russia that increased militarization will not help the situation, but to little avail. Russian warships have also been sighted in other parts of the Mediterranean. 

Pope Francis and church news:

  • An openly gay former student of Pope Francis came to the Pope's defense in regards to his meeting with Kim Davis. Mr. Yayo Grassi, who met with the Pope when he visited Washington D.C., reiterated that it's not like Francis to encourage divisive action: "as noted in the past, the Pope, as pastor, has maintained many personal relationships with people in a spirit of kindness, welcome and dialogue."
  • After a wildly successful trip to America, the Vatican has confirmed that Mexico is next. Pope Francis plans to pray over the bloodstained border between America and her southernmost sister. He also plans to visit the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • California's Bishops are profoundly disappointed about the assisted suicide measure California has recently signed into law. The measure would allow patients to electively end their lives with medical assistance.

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