In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the potential Republican nominees for the 2016 presidential race, an examination of the relationship between US bishops and Pope Francis, and outrage from congress over the federal hiring blitz in preparation to implement Obama's executive action on immigration.
"Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws of an economy that seems at times to treat people as mere consumers. " -- Pope Francis
Today's Reading: "In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ." (Ephesians 1:11-12)
In the News:
- See who is likely to end up as the Republican nominee for the 2016 Presidential race. Some say there are as many as 15 potential candidates but no front runner.
- Fossil fuel lobbyists are working hard to thwart the Obama administration on the environment by giving states more power to block or delay environmental standards.
- Republicans express outrage that congress will not be able to stop a federal hiring blitz in conjunction with Obama's immigration action.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Before the recitation of the angelus in St. Peter's Square on Monday, Pope Francis devoted his address to the Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- Crux looks at the relationship between the US bishops and Pope Francis and finds that the narrative that conservative bishops are opposed to Pope Francis' progressive agenda should be taken with a grain of salt.
- Pope Francis denies that the demotion of Cardinal Burke was a punishment for his conservative values and explains that he wanted a smart American to serve as the patron of Malta.
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