In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include new cabinet picks for President-elect Trump, the pope comments on billionaires, and Fr. Thomas Reese writes about gay rights and religious freedoms.
"God draws straight with crooked lines." Fr. Andrew Greeley
Today's Gospel: "We have seen incredible things today." (Luke 5:26)
In the News:
- President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an unconventional choice that underscores Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama later this month, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the attack on Hawaii 75 years ago that thrust America in the World War II.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant permission for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis pleaded with a group of billionaires to take seriously their personal obligation to share their resources and make a real commitment to doing business in a way that helps other people realize their potential, too.
- In a new article for National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Thomas Reese contends gay rights and religious freedom has been presented as a zero-sum game where no compromise is possible. Fr. Reese believes that can change.
- Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl’s funeral once she passed away.
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