In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Pentagon rolling back support for Syrian rebels, the Majority Leader drops out of the House Speaker race, and a controversial working document emerges from the first week of the synod.
“Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.” (Dorothy Day)
Today's Gospel: "Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son." (John 12:31)
In the News:
- The Pentagon plans to overhaul its program to train and arm fighters in Syria in the wake of a series of embarrassing setbacks, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday, signaling a shift toward supporting existing rebel units rather than trying to create a new U.S.-backed force to battle the Islamic State.
- After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to become the next House Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan repeatedly indicates he's not running for speaker of the House, even as heavy hitters — including retiring Speaker John Boehner -- urge him to reconsider.
- The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on an alliance of four Tunisian civil society groups for their tireless efforts to foster democracy in the nation that gave birth to the Arab Spring.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations.
- At his Friday morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused his remarks on the necessity of discernment of situations, whether it seems to come from God or from the evil one “who always seeks to deceive, to make us choose the wrong path.”
- Pope Francis has made a passionate and urgent appeal to the International Community to find ways to resolve the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan where there is “an escalation of violence” that is bringing destruction and great sufferings to the peoples living there.
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