In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the new Speaker of the House, diplomats meet to discuss the conflict in Syria, and female prisoners in Italy send a special message to Pope Francis.
“It’s impossible for God to not love us!" (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie; my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness" (Romans 9:1)
In the News:
- Yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan was officially elected as the 54th speaker of the House after he got the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives.
- Headlines in the Chinese state news media on Friday did not announce the end of the “one child” policy, as many international news outlets did. Instead, they had a clear message for Chinese citizens: The government would fully put in place the “two child” policy.
- As fighting in Syria raged, diplomats opened talks Friday seeking a pathway to end the country’s grueling conflict that have included Russian military intervention and international rifts over the fate of Syria’s embattled president.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships.
- Pope Francis says God can only love and not condemn and that love is His weakness and our victory. He said we are so closely bound to God’s love that nothing can sever us from it. That was the message at the heart of the Pope’s homily delivered on Thursday at the Santa Marta residence.
- In the courtyard of the largest women's prison in Italy, inmates gathered to perform a flash mob dance in honor of Pope Francis. The women perform their routine to "Pope is Pop" a song about Pope Francis written by Italian composer Igor Nogarotto.
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