In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include new details on the downed Russian airplane, Pope Francis confronts opposition to financial reform, and a GOP presidential candidate comments on his political experience.
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." (Maya Angelou)
Today's Gospel: "I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance." (Luke 15:7)
In the News:
- Days after authorities dismissed claims that ISIS brought down a Russian passenger jet, a U.S. intelligence analysis now suggests that the terror group or its affiliates planted a bomb on the plane.
- The Communist government in Vietnam has agreed to American terms to grant potentially far-reaching labor rights to the country’s workers, according to the newly released text of a vast Pacific trade agreement.
- In a Facebook post, Ben Carson hears people's concerns about his lack of political experience but says that his own journey through life has had its benefits as he seeks the Republican nomination for president. And if experience is all a voter wants, "then I cannot be your candidate," he wrote.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Despite intense opposition from some conservatives and new revelations of financial scandals in the Vatican, Pope Francis is at peace with the reformist course he has set for the Catholic Church, according to a cardinal who is a leading adviser to the pontiff.
- The Christian includes, he does not close the door to anyone, even if this provokes resistance, Pope Francis stressed during Thursday morning’s Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
- The leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales has berated the government over its slow response to the refugee crisis, saying “so much more needs to be done” in the UK and across Europe.
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