In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the battle for Aleppo, the pope's 80th birthday, and the dangers of becoming religious intellects. 

“Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.” The Most Reverend Blessed Óscar Romero

Today's Gospel: "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" (Luke 7:19)

In the News:

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In his homily today, Pope Francis warned pastors of the dangers of becoming “intellectuals of religion.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.
  • Pope Francis Wednesday spoke about the hope that the Child Jesus brings at Christmastime, saying it is our duty to be the messengers that bring his message to the world – a world that is thirsting for goodness.

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