In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include new cabinet picks for President-elect Trump, the pope appeals for peace in Syria, and Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
“Today I would like each of us to reflect on his and her own past and the gifts received from the Lord.” Pope Francis
Today's Gospel: "Which of the two did his father’s will?" (Matthew 21:31)
In the News:
- President-elect Donald J. Trump is enlisting veteran members of the Republican foreign policy establishment to vouch for Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, as his choice to be the nation’s chief diplomat.
- As the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advance on the last rebel-held section of Aleppo, aid groups and activists describe horrific scenes of death and bloodshed.
- President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be his nominee for energy secretary, multiple transition sources told CNN Tuesday, which would make him head of an agency he once sought to eliminate.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis described Mary as a strong woman who inspires believers to give "flesh to the Gospel" in societies often marked by distrust and blindness.
- Pope Francis has sent a letter to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad appealing for peace and for humanitarian relief, as the Syrian government consolidates gains in Aleppo, where tens of thousands are beseiged.
- Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria yesterday, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day's terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead.
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