In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Iranian nuclear deal, tensions rise in Ukraine after an investigation of downed flight MH17, and the pope creates a homeless shelter in Rome.
"The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.” (Luke 11:40)
In the News:
- Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out.
- Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Russian-made "warhead" fired from eastern Ukraine that detonated outside the jet's cockpit, Dutch investigators concluded in their final report Tuesday.
- After watching two viscerally divisive debates among the Republican presidential contenders, tonight Americans will witness a confrontation by Democratic presidential candidates that will most likely center on differences of degree, not direction, and on how hard they will push a liberal agenda, not where they hope to lead the nation.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months.
- Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the Family, the majority are in agreement that gender ideology poses a serious challenge for families in the modern world.
- Two Syrian archbishops expressed approval for Russian airstrikes against rebel groups in their country. Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo said that the bombing of rebel positions by Russian jets was "a source of hope" for Syria.
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