In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Secretary of State meeting with Syrian rebels, Trump builds on his lead, and a new petition calls for an investigation of a major oil company.
“Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together with a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Whoever has ears ought to hear." (Matthew 11:15)
In the News:
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a meeting of Syrian rebel groups in Saudi Arabia appears to be "very constructive," but that it is too soon to schedule a new round of peace talks.
- Canada will take in the first flight of Syrian refugees as part of the government’s resettlement plan on Thursday evening when a military plane of 150 refugees touches down at the Pearson International Airport.
Donald J. Trump occupies his strongest position yet in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, yet nearly two-thirds of American voters say they are concerned or frightened about the prospect of a Trump presidency, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News nationwide poll.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In a new petition, CACG joins dozens of other faith groups in calling for the Department of Justice to investigate Exxon Mobile.
- At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God's mercy.
- A new study of Catholic sisters opens with information that will jolt some assumptions about the state of religious life: The number of vowed women religious in the United States today is approximately the same as it was a century ago — just under 50,000.
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