In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a warehouse in Oakland burns down, President-elect Trump challenges Air Force One costs, and the Supreme Court hears a case about religious freedoms.
“Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved.” St. Robert Bellarmine
Today's Gospel: "If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?" (Matthew 18:12)
In the News:
- The manager of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse that burned down, killing at least 36 people, apologized for the devastation while defending his vision for the "Ghost Ship" artists' collective during an agonized, frequently tense interview on the Today show.
- President-elect Donald J. Trump, who flies in his own private jet, appears to have ordered the cancellation of the next generation of Air Force One — via Twitter.
- The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Senate Republicans agreed to remove a religious liberty amendment from a defense bill earlier this week, after a fierce campaign was waged against it by secular groups.
- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched a new website Tuesday, which is designed to help inform the public about their work, and includes resources for Church leaders on safeguarding children and caring for survivors.
- The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 2 to hear arguments about church hospital pension disputes over whether religious hospitals and schools can be exempt from complying with federal laws covering employee pension benefits.
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