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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, tope stories include the $1.1 trillion dollar bill that will avert a partial government shutdown, Time magazine Person of the Year, and the call for an end to fossil rules use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness." -- Dalai Lama XIV

Today's Gospel: "Jesus said to the crowds: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

In the News:

Pope Francis and church news: 

  • Pope Francis urges us to not become accomplices in human trafficking during his World Day of Peace Address
  • The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by doctrine but by Francis' message of mercy and the "turning point" of the first meeting that sought to provide better pastoral care for gays and divorcees.
  • Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

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