In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a boost in poll numbers for Pope Francis, a bishop comments on Pope Francis and how he humanizes the immigration debate, and the GOP conference meets to elect a new House Speaker.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” (Mother Teresa)
Today's Gospel: "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9)
In the News:
- The Syrian regime, which had appeared earlier this year to be on the ropes, has "launched a wide-scale offensive," a senior military official said Thursday.
- The leadership of world soccer’s governing body plunged into chaos on Thursday, as three of the game’s most powerful figures, including Sepp Blatter, the longtime president of FIFA, were suspended amid an investigation by the Swiss authorities into suspected corruption.
- The GOP conference will meet at noon today to elect their next speaker. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is expected to win the secret ballot but the real question is can the California Republican get to 218?
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis’ American visit has earned him some new fans among some very unlikely groups of people, including liberals and non-Catholics, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,000 adults released on Wednesday.
- Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, writes for The Hill about Pope Francis and how he humanizes the debate on immigration.
- God does not abandon the righteous, while those who sow evil are like strangers, whose names heaven remembers not. This is the lesson Pope Francis drew from the readings of the day at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.
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