In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Republican debate, China's "one child" policy comes to an end, and a priest discusses the growing divide between civil and sacramental marriages.
"The common good embraces the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete an effective fulfillment." (Pope John XXIII)
Today's Gospel: “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” (Luke 14:3)
In the News:
- After a debate in which the candidates seemed to spend more time sparring with the moderators than with each other, the chairman of the Republican National Committee declared that CNBC, the host network, “should be ashamed.”
- China said it would abandon its controversial “one-child policy” on Thursday and allow all couples to have two children, pulling back from the biggest experiment in modern population control in a sign of growing economic pressures from a rapidly aging population.
- Rep. Paul D. Ryan prepared Thursday to begin a “new day in the House of Representatives” as he readied for election as the body’s 62nd speaker.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Just over a month into the Year of Mercy, Catholics from around the world will gather in Cebu, Philippines, for the International Eucharistic Congress, an opportunity to remind Catholics that reaching out to all with the Gospel is a key act of mercy.
- In a new article for National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Peter Daly, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., discusses the growing divide between civil and sacramental marriage in relation to same-sex marriage.
- As more members of the armed forces endure both physical and emotional scars from conflicts raging around the world, Pope Francis has called on military chaplains to tend to their wounds with the healing balm of the sacraments.
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