In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, the ongoing civil war in Syria, and new developments at the synod.
"We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways." (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
Today's Gospel: "Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21)
In the News:
- With the first Democratic presidential debate tomorrow and with Joe Biden finishing up his long weekend in his home state of Delaware, time is running out for the vice president to make up his mind about the 2016 race.
- Russian jets intensified their airstrikes Monday in central Syria as government forces battle insurgents in a strategic area near a rebel-held province and a government stronghold.
- Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran imprisoned for more than 14 months, has been convicted in an espionage trial that ended two months ago, Iranian State television has reported.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The body of the youngest saint in the Catholic Church arrived in Chicago Monday morning. A police escort helped bring the remains of Saint Maria Goretti to Saint John Cantius Church shortly before 7 a.m.
- New York's archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year's Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday.
- Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the common thread of promoting human dignity, a Holy See representative told a United Nations body this week.
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