In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include and earthquake in Afghanistan, conflict between Sanders and Clinton, and the pope warns against rigid doctrine.
"Today is a time of mercy!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” (Romans 8:16)
In the News:
- A massive earthquake rocked northeastern Afghanistan on Monday with tremors felt across the region from Pakistan to Central Asia, leaving more than 100 dead amid collapsed buildings and panicked stampedes with officials bracing for possible further casualties.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton has seized on remarks Senator Bernie Sanders made in the first Democratic debate that “all the shouting in the world” would not keep guns out of the wrong hands, suggesting that Mr. Sanders used those words because of Mrs. Clinton’s gender.
- A new report declaring that processed meat causes cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — has the meat industry furious and bacon lovers worried.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis has warned Catholic bishops against sticking too rigidly to doctrine, marking the end of a high-level summit on the family at the Vatican that saw the church hierarchy approach a more open attitude towards divorcees.
- Gay Catholics have said they are encouraged by the Pope’s closing address to the synod and are hopeful for a “new era” of pastoral care.
- If the Catholic Church did more to recognize and promote women's responsibility within the church, it could help their status in societies as well, said the Synod of Bishops on the family.
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