In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Italian referendum, veterans arrive at Standing Rock, and Stephen Hawking visits the Vatican.
"He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is almost perfect." St. Francis de Sales
Today's Gospel: "Let it be done for you according to your faith." (Matthew 9:29)
In the News:
- Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.
- Italy votes on Sunday in a constitutional referendum that, should there be a “no” vote, could trigger the departure of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
- Hundreds of U.S. military veterans on Friday have been arriving at a protest camp in North Dakota where thousands of activists, braving frigid conditions, are demonstrating against a pipeline project near a Native American reservation.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Top Italian commercial TV network Mediaset has announced the sale to Netflix of its event mini-series “Call Me Francis,” which portrays Jorge Maria Bergoglio’s path from Jesuit priest to groundbreaking pontiff.
- Stephen Hawking’s visit to the Vatican this week has raised curiosity, with some asking what exactly the famed astrophysicist and self-proclaimed atheist was doing in the heart of the Catholic Church.
- Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
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