In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the ongoing investigation on the California shooters, the pope is interviewed about the Jubilee of Mercy, and the Fed prepares to raise interest rates.
“By what right have we cataloged persons as first-class persons or second-class persons? In the theology of human nature, there is only one class; children of God” (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
Today's Gospel: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
In the News:
- The two suspects in the California shooting that left 14 people dead and 17 others wounded Wednesday have been identified by police, but investigators are still grappling to determine a motive.
- European Union regulators confirmed Thursday they have opened a full-blown probe into McDonald’s tax affairs in Luxembourg, warning that a tax deal granted to the fast-food chain in 2009 may have illegally reduced its tax burden.
- Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said on Wednesday that economic conditions were ripe for the Fed to start raising its benchmark interest rate this month.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. requested prayers and offered his own after at least one gunman left more than a dozen dead at a social services facility in the city.
- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot.
- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities.
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