In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Pope Francis being named person of the year by PETA, the pope addresses religious fundamentalism, and the president lays out his Syrian strategy.
“Fundamentalism is always a tragedy. It is not religious, it lacks God, it is idolatrous,” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
In the News:
- In Paris, President Obama laid out his case once again for his Syria strategy built around a combination of military air power to degrade the Islamic State and diplomatic pressure to push out the country's president, Bashar al-Assad.
- Puerto Rico faces a moment of truth on Tuesday, as the island owes a $355 million payment - a possible default which could trigger lawsuits, further spook investors and undermine the island's efforts to climb out of $72 billion in debt.
- Wells Fargo & Co.and Morgan Stanley became the latest big banks Monday to promise to cut their support for the coal industry in the name of reducing the pollution blamed for global warming.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis said fundamentalism is "a disease of all religions", including the Roman Catholic Church, as he returned from a three-nation tour of Africa in which he preached reconciliation and hope.
- Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by UK-based animal welfare charity PETA.
- After Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic killed three but with an official motive for the act not determined, pro-life groups have condemned any act of violence against abortion clinics.
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