In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a call by Secretary Kerry to end the bloodshed surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Donald Trump comments on 9/11, and Pope Francis calls for "healthy decentralisation" of the Catholic Church.
“Human persons are willed by God; they are imprinted with God's image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
Today's Gospel: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
In the News:
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to clarify the status of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound to help end a spate of bloodshed and restore stability.
- Donald Trump on Monday stood by his comments that former President George W. Bush did not keep the country safe since he was president during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
- Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Monday he expected a deal with six world powers on shrinking Tehran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief to be implemented by year-end.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis called on Saturday for “healthy decentralisation” of power in the Roman Catholic Church, including changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops.
- Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Donald Wuerl has joined Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich in supporting Pope Francis as the most important gathering of Catholic bishops since Vatican II wraps up its work in Rome this week.
- Pope Francis canonized the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times on Sunday, declaring the parents of the beloved St. Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.
- Despite the good news that the percentage of people living in extreme poverty is set to go below 10 percent for the first time since such data has been collected, much work remains if the United Nations' goal to wipe it out entirely by 2030 is to be met, according to Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the U.N.
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