In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a budget deal agreed upon, tensions rise between the United States and China, and bishops call for action on climate change.
"Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.” (Romans 8:24)
In the News:
- The two-year budget deal negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders will be put to its first test Tuesday morning when House Republicans huddle to decide if they can support a deal that would increase spending and boost the federal borrowing limit in exchange for modest spending reforms.
- A U.S. destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China in disputed waters on Tuesday in an open challenge to Beijing's territorial claims.
- The Taliban encouraged aid groups to help victims of the massive earthquake in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan as rescuers struggled to form a clear picture of the damage caused by the disaster as the death toll passed 300.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Negotiators of a global agreement on climate change must take effective action to protect creation, leading bishops from around the world said on Monday.
- Pope Francis met with Rome's Romani, or Gypsies, on Monday, asking them to take a new direction and embolden their efforts towards a life of inclusion, dignity, and responsibility.
- A new book by veteran Catholic writer Tom Roberts reveals the experiences that shaped the life of one of Catholicism's most influential voices.
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