In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, the amount of money political groups independent of candidates spent to influence congressional elections last month, and the U.S. bishop's reaction to the acts of torture outlined in the Senate Intelligence Committee report.

"We are in God and God is in us: this is the Christian life."-- Pope Francis

Today's Reading: "The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them." (Isaiah 41:13-20)

In the News:

  • Dozens of prominent members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement gave themselves up for arrest in a show of defiance on Thursday after the police swept through a protest camp, tearing down tents, posters and speakers’ platforms that had given voice to anger over the government’s restrictive election plans.
  • The chairman of the special House committee created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, pushed back Wednesday against critics who have called for him to abandon his efforts, saying “we should not move on” until more questions about the episode are answered.
  • Political groups independent of candidates spent more than $814 million to influence congressional elections last month, a record for the midterms and nearly twice the spending in 2010, Federal Election Commission records show.

Pope Francis and church news: 

  • Just two days after Pope Francis told the Catholic Church's top theologians that they need to listen to the "signs of the times" and consider the needs of ordinary Catholics, an interview published on Sunday by La Nación showed us a few examples of what he meant.
  • The chairman of the U.S bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace said acts of torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report "violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong."
  • Next year's Synod of Bishops must concentrate more on the realities of family life as it is actually lived in all its various forms, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, has underlined in an interview.

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