In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Pope Francis starts the Jubilee of Mercy, one of the 2016 presidential candidates wins the online TIME Person of the Year poll, and Trump releases yet another controversial statement about Muslims.
“And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Today's Gospel: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
In the News:
- Less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama aimed to set the tone for the country on a response to the threat of terrorism with an Oval Office address, Trump only needed a press release to cause an uproar with his call for an outright ban on Muslims entering the United States.
- Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show for the first time since passing the torch to new host Trevor Noah in August to provide an update on a cause he has been supporting for years: Funding healthcare for 9/11 first responders.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won the online readers’ poll for TIME Person of the Year, topping some of the world’s best-known politicians, activists and cultural figures as the most influential person of 2015 among those who voted.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday, marking the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy — a special Holy Year — amid heightened security.
- A 9-year-old boy who was blessed by Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia last September, has died, his family announced via Facebook.
- Heads of states at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris must do everything possible to mitigate the effects of both climate change and poverty "for the good of our common home," Pope Francis said.
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