In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Facebook's chief executive donation announcement, the pope orders an audit of Vatican finances, and Donald Trump continues his lead in the polls.
“Poverty is a plague against which humanity must fight without cease.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Today's Gospel: “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.” (Matthew 15:32)
In the News:
- On Tuesday, Facebook's chief executive announced via a letter to his newborn daughter Max that he and his wife would donate 99% of their Facebook shares — currently worth $45 billion — during their lifetimes.
- Britain was poised on Wednesday to join a U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria, with Parliament due to vote following a raucous debate marked by bitter accusations that have revived the ghosts of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.
- Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race — in both polling and media attention. But in a new Quinnipiac University national poll on the 2016 field, it's Ted Cruz who looks like the candidate you may want to bet on.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis has reportedly ordered a widespread audit of the Vatican as the city-state roils with scandal over its finances.
- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future.
- In his speech at the COP-21 climate summit in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State urged global leaders to orient their discussion toward a clear ethical objective, one that puts the human person, the poor in particular, at the center.
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