In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a new offensive on ISIS, encouraging numbers on maternal mortality, and the first ever U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBTI people met with Vatican officials.
“Love for others, and especially for the poor, is made concrete by promoting justice.” (Pope John Paul II)
Today's Gospel: “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
In the News:
- Thousands of Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes launched a major offensive Thursday to reclaim Sinjar, the Iraqi town seized last year by Islamic State militants amid mass killings and abuses against the minority Yazidi sect.
- European Union leaders, trying to stem the disarray caused by the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, pushed what they called a historic compromise to offer more aid in exchange for African countries stepping up cooperation to prevent additional migrants leaving for Europe.
- Maternal mortality has fallen by 44 per cent since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank reported today, giving fresh impetus to efforts to reach by 2030 the virtual elimination of women’s chances of dying from pregnancy-related causes as part of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, and Vatican officials from the Holy See’s Secretary of State office met for the first time.
- Pope Francis is exploring the possibility of visiting the previously problematic border city of Ciudad Juarez, where a battle between drug cartels during the past decade cost more than 10,000 lives in a four-year period.
- High-ranking leaders of the Catholic church have sent talking points to U.S. dioceses in advance of the wide release of "Spotlight," a movie detailing the Boston Globe's 2002 investigation into the church's cover-up of clergy abuse.
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